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.)

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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.

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7 comments

  1. This post is wonderful! I completely agree Twitter is great practice in precision. Glad to see @midnightstories being hi-lighted too. :)

    (Please note: the above comment took less than 140 characters)

  2. Totally agree with InkGypsy. Plus I didn’t get Twitter either to begin with, but love it now.

  3. This is a really good view of Twitter. I’ve found the same thing – both that it helps with word choice and that it’s most useful when used for personal connection as opposed to pure self-promotion.

  4. I’m in total agreement with Adam. I can do without social media, marking, et al. It’s the stories, the real people, and the substantive dialogue I love.

    After writing for twitter, I almost don’t know what to do when the restraints are lifted!

  5. Hi, I came accross your site while looking through writing blogs. I’ve just started a very (very) lighthearted fictional blog, and I’m interested in connecting with other writers on the net.
    I’d like to find out more your writers group (I’ve been a member of a real life one for the past five years or so here in Ireland) but can’t work out how to sign up for it. (I’m also not very web literate)
    Can you email me or post a comment telling me how?
    Thanks a lot,
    PF

  6. @Zombie_Frenzy posts stories in 10 Tweets. I love his (her?) stuff.

  7. seizedcarautos

    Hello to all ! Great site. I am new here greetings to all from Poland.

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