Does Twitter make us write better?
Amanda Cosco, author of “How Twitter Can Make You a Better Writer,” thinks so.
I was initially surprised by her premise, but she makes some good points.
After all, Twitter, by its nature, demands brevity. You have to rely on nouns and verbs. For the most part, adjectives and adverbs need not apply. That focus on making every word count made Hemingway an excellent writer. Perhaps it can help some other aspiring authors out there.
Amanda also points out that Twitter lets writers try out ideas. Using Twitter to ask people’s opinions is a great way to brainstorm. (Twitterstorm?) Amanda admits she asked her followers what they thought about Twitter and its influences on writing before she wrote her article.
So perhaps communicating in 140 characters is good for us after all.