March 27, 2009
Twitter can help you become a better writer, according to a recent post by Jennifer Blanchard on CopyBlogger. She suggests turning to the thesaurus and finding words that are shorter and more descriptive to “get the job done in 140 characters or less.” She also advises users to “pump up” their verbs, replacing unnecessary adverbs and adjectives to make the prose more clear and concise.
Most people end up with text that is over the word count, which also means that Twitter makes you a better editor, according to Blanchard. She adds that the social networking too has improved her writing skills and the quality of her copy. “I like to think of it as a brainteaser,” Blanchard writes, “forcing me to think hard and dig deep down into my vocabulary to find a way to shorten my message.”
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