Now, you might think this is going to be an article on how to promote yourself and your writing on Twitter, or even how to tweet without being a spam-whore. It would be, but about 28930284902 other bloggers have beat me to it. (That’s a rough estimate.)
Yes, I sincerely hope that regardless of the fact that Twitter can bring lots of blog traffic and readers your way, you use it for the sheer joy of interacting with people. Honestly it’s a lot more fun to make connections than to simply use it for self-promotion, and I unfollow people who talk about nothing but themselves. That being said, I’ll get to the point (you’re welcome), Twitter is good exercise for the writing brain.
Trying to consistently write Writing messages with a limitation of 140 characters limit has helped me start seeing my own see flabby writing as I type.
Someone who has taken this process to an amazing new height is @midnightstories. Every night at midnight, this writer posts a 140 character story. The incredible part of this is that these stories are good. I found today’s tweet fascinating, because not only did I date that guy once, but I saw a couple people on my follow list had also responded to @midnightstories with their own reactions:
She is my sponge. She will soak up the failures, self-pity, and resentment until she is irreparably soiled, and then, I will throw her out.
I wouldn’t mind having two lines in any of my novels that had as much impact on me as those two lines by @midnightstories did. I find myself inspired by these daily stories, and I genuinely look forward to reading them every morning. (Since I’m in the UK, they come in at precisely 5AM my time.)
If you haven’t given Twitter a try, or if you’re one of those people who tried it once and didn’t get it (I think everyone has that experience the first time), you might check out this article.
You never know what you might find on Twitter or what you might learn. If nothing else, it will make you think about your word choice and how to get across the same point without extra words that add nothing. I’ve found value in it for these reasons, plus the wonderful connections I’ve made with other writers, readers, and some other interesting folks. If you want to see what I’m thinking about, reading, and even (sometimes) doing, follow me at @IndiaDrummond.