I know it sounds silly at first, the notion that a microblogging site like Twitter could help you become a stronger writer… especially when you factor in that Twitter is full of people tweeting things like “OMG I saw the cutest thing today” and irrelevant updates like that. But frequent and inapt status updates aside, Twitter can actually be a great place to polish your writing skills. Want to know why?
1. Twitter helps your writing skills by forcing you to be succinct
Sometimes, as writers, we can get caught up in being unnecessarily verbose in our work, when in reality we need to focus on being clear and concise. When you’re limited to a post that only contains 140 characters you are forced to learn how to craft sentences so that they are brief but still convey the information you want to get across in a way that appeals to readers. Twitter forces you to be more aware of what you’re writing and helps you to weed out pointless words that tend to make their way into our writing.
2. Twitter helps you learn to maintain clarity and focus
When you have an entire blog post or article to write it can be easy to veer off topic quickly without even realizing that you’re doing so. However, when you only have 140 characters it’s really hard to get off topic. This is a valuable lesson to translate into your everyday writing – be to the point and stay on track!
3. Twitter helps you fine-tune your editing skills
One of the greatest assets you can have as a writer is to be a stellar editor as well. It can be pretty tricky sometimes when you have to figure out how to cut down an article or a blog post in size and still maintain the pizazz that will draw readers in. Being confined to 140 characters helps to hone in on those skills and really fine-tune them.
Twitter is an excellent resource for many things, enhancing writing skills included. And being able to write well across the board – blogging, writing, microblogging, or however else you may be writing – will is an excellent asset to possess. By being able to identify and transfer lessons you learn from one social medium to another, you’ll be able to maximize your skills and become a better-rounded writer.
Kate Croston is a freelance writer, holds a bachelors degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. She writes guest posts for different sites and loves contributing internet service related topics. Questions or comments can be sent to: katecroston.croston09 @ gmail.com.