How Twitter Helped My Writing Improve

An article by David Brooks on August 30, 2009

Last year two of my “pseudo resolutions“ were as follows:

  1. Write more articles that matter
  2. Use Twitter less often

Initially, I thought those were separate and disconnected items but today I got to thinking about how connected they actually are. One issue I’ve always had is that I write quite a bit and never get to the point. (Resolution #1) When writing for Twitter that luxury is non-existent.

On Twitter everything is condensed down to 140 characters or less, and if you ever want to convey a point in one message you have to expedite things a bit.

You won’t catch me writing seriously in full-fledged SMS message format in either medium, but one goal I’ve always had is to do the opposite. I like to figure out how to write the most coherent message in 140 characters using as close to proper punctuation and grammar as possible.

I don’t always hit the mark, but I think it has helped me get to the point faster both in articles and on Twitter, and for that, I think everyone can be thankful.

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David Brooks is the owner of the small creative studio, Northward Compass, based out of Orlando, Florida. He writes electronic and ambient music as Light The Deep, and fantasy stories about a place called Elerien.

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