Twitter is not only an excellent tool for marketers; it also helps in making you a better writer.
How to Be a better Writer
10. Twitter helps you write to-the-point
For those of you who have active Twitter accounts, you would know that Twitter does not permit you to exceed 140 characters while publishing posts. So, your content has got to be as crisp and to-the-point as possible. Take note that 140 characters do not mean 140 words or 140 letters. It is all that you have to incorporate words, symbols, spaces, punctuation marks and numbers on Twitter. Thus, you must know precisely what you want to tell others effectively. Writers who are used to writing long posts and descriptions can use Twitter to help them present information in a concise manner.
9. Twitter urges you to improve your vocabulary as a writer
Now, since your thoughts need to be confined to just 140 characters, you are forced to look up your thesaurus for words that are descriptive, short and impactful. Twitter encourages you to use verbs in place of adjectives and adverbs, thus making your content more clear and direct. It could be difficult for you to initially fit in all the information in 140 characters. Twitter forces you to prioritize and rearrange words such that they fall within the character limit.
8. Twitter hones your editing skills
Editing is an important part of writing. Twitter helps you become a top-notch editor. The challenge that Twitter presents you with is to construct a powerful post using just 140 characters, such that your followers are forced to act upon your thoughts and “retweet” your post. Each time you take up the challenge, the editor in you is unleashed, forcing you to write an even better piece.
7. Twitter makes you realize the importance of proofreading
This is not really related to the 140 character limit, but when you’re required to reduce the content size in your post, you are forced to read your tweet over and over again. This helps you notice any grammatical errors that you may have previously made. Also, when you post your content on social media, you know that a lot of people will be reading it. So you would want to be extra cautious to not make an error of any kind.
6. Twitter urges you to write quickly
Twitter conversation often happen real time. If you want to be a part of the conversation, you have got to be prompt in your responses. This forces you to think on your feet. Spontaneous responses are also often unguarded since there isn’t the luxury to polish your thoughts and present them in a better manner. This helps your posts be original, authentic and enjoyable to read.
5. Twitter teaches you to engage with readers
Twitter lets you witness how people are reacting to your post almost instantly. This way, you can know what clicks with your audience and what is most appealing to them. Once you know what your readers are looking for, half your job is done! It becomes way easier for you to produce content that is entertaining and exciting to your target audience.
4. Twitter lets you experiment
You can experiment with varied tones, styles, subjects and voices to observe how well they resonate with your audience. You are able to find out, at quite an early stage, whether the audience will be intrigued to know about a subject. Handling rejection on Twitter is also much easier, as not much is on stake.
3. Twitter boosts your confidence
There is no denying the fact that when someone retweets your interestingly witty post, you instantly beam with pride and confidence. At times, all that a writer needs is for the audience to validate that he presented content that was worthwhile to read. Twitter gives you that opportunity.
2. Twitter makes you a creative Writer
The world of Twitter is full of creativity. With several million posts being up each day, you are forced to produce content that stands out. Twitter forces you to be creative with your content and explore foreign territories of writing. You get the opportunity to engage with a community of creative thinkers and writers, putting together new ideas and soaking in each others’ creative energies.
1. Twitter encourages you to write more about others, less about your own self
If you go on posting about your life and accomplishments on Twitter, you may not get the desired response. Thus, Twitter urges you to be selfless in your writing and write about what interests the majority, rather than what interests you.
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