I’m discovering that people either love Twitter or they hate it. I happen to love it, because it connects me with people I might not otherwise be able to meet, but also because it has taught me how to tighten my writing. Twitter is short, sweet and to the point. It tells you what you need to know in 140 characters or less without any fluff.
Here’s a screen grab from my feed a few minutes ago. In a dozen or so words, people can express their thoughts, share a news story or link, or unwind a bit. Despite my love of words, Twitter has taught me that you can convey and share an important message without droning on and on about something.
By tweeting regularly (@virtuallyyourz, @ilovekentwa and @spjdana), I have learned to boil down what I want to say in just a few words. I’ve been able to carry this technique over to my other writing when appropriate.
People don’t have time or the desire to read long passages anymore. They want short, sweet and simple – chunks of text to digest in their bite-sized schedule.
If you haven’t tried Twitter yet, give it a shot. See if it helps you tighten your writing.