Using Twitter to sharpen your writing skills?
But I don’t want to deal with the politics, vitriol. and hatred on Twitter!
Well, you don’t have to.
Yes! Twitter is in the news a lot. We hear about the vitriol and hate some express on Twitter. We hear about the censorship of conservative voices, and now we have just heard Twitter is banning all “political” ads.
It is easy to get caught up in the noise. And, I must admit I have been caught up in it a time or two … or three … or perhaps even four, myself.
However, I am going to try to work on that. Just be choosy in who or what you “follow.”
Now, about those writing skills …
One thing I really do enjoy on Twitter, is the supportive writing community. And I do participate in several, what I call “prompted Micro Fiction.” How it works is you get a daily word prompt, and you have the length of a Tweet to write a story, poem, or whatever you feel like writing. It is actually quite fun, and it does truly help sharpen your writing skills. I really like the #vss365 writing challenge.
Here a some examples I have written:
“Damn! Clovis, that’s one hell of a shiner you’re sporting there! What happened?”
“The old lady asked me if her yoga pants made her look fat, Clem.”
“And, you said yes?”
“Damn, Clem, I didn’t want to lie to her!”
“Not one of your more #lucid moments, Clovis!
Day-umm! Clovis! That’s one hell of a bruise!”
“Yep! It’s part second degree burn too!”
“Dude! What happened?”
“Well, guess I shot my mouth off at the old lady, Clem.”
“So, a bruise and a burn, Clovis?”
“The #strike came while the iron was still hot, Clem.”
“What did the cops want Joe?”
“They needed to #verify where I was last night. There was some kind of upscuddle at the strip club. Told em I was with you.”
“But I was in that upscuddle Joe!”
“The cops don’t know that Clem.”
“I can #verify you’re an idiot Joe!”
“Listen Joe, there are two things life taught me.”
“Really? What’s are they Clem?”
“The first is that bills always travel through the mail much faster than checks.”
“And … the #second?”
“Never take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.”
Then sometimes, I even let my “romantic fool” side show …
I will never understand the #mystery that is a woman’s heart!
She said to me once, “never underestimate the blackness that can be found there,” and then together, we had five of the best years of my life.
Turns out, I should have listened.
There is a longing that cuts deep, to depths of my very soul. I live to again hear her voice, that wonderful laugh, to see her smile. I miss the stars that danced in her eyes. I pray that I will again feel the warmth of her loving embrace.
I looked over at her, finishing her last shot of Tequila, a sour look on her face.
“What’s up?” I asked. “Don’t #bottle that shit up inside. Let it go! Get it out in the open!”
She did! All over my brand new Nikes!
So think about giving it a try!
Some of these Tweets got a really great response. But regardless, it is a lot of fun and a simple way to find out what other people, strangers, think about your writing.
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