The Monday Muse: Why Microblogging May Strengthen Your Writing

Happy Monday, dear readers! Today, I have decided to come clean and admit that there is something I actually like about Twitter. *Gasp*

Yes, that odd, seemingly inscrutable form of social media is #annoying, but it has a hidden benefit if you look past the often irrelevant chatter of the zeitgeist. In its own strange way, Tweeting – and microblogging in general – is a brilliant tool for the aspiring writer. It provides an exercise in organizing one’s thoughts and expressing them as concisely as possible. If you can narrow down your thoughts, plots, character descriptions, themes, etc. into 140 characters or less you obviously have a clear vision of your novel, story, characters, world, etc. etc. In forcing you to boil down your thoughts to the most basic expression the microblogging platform can help you pinpoint the most important aspects of your writing. This basic skeleton will keep you (and your writing) focused and driven even as you add details. Do you see where I’m going with this?

Well, if you don’t here it is a la Tweet in bold print: use the concept of microblogging to create outlines and synopses. #BuildingBlocks

I am by no means suggesting you go full-blown Hemingway and throw away all the glorious details you’ve meticulously imagined for “Space Age Zanzibar” (idk, just go with it), but I have found it exceedingly helpful to step away from the minutiae when plotting work. It’s easy to let your imagination carry you away while working on a project and the microblog style of outlining is a simple way to keep you on course. Even if outlining isn’t your thing it’s still good to practice minimizing your writing style. Remember, you can always add more later. Starting with a strong foundation will give you a basis on which your details can really thrive.

Also, I’d like to point out that if you plan to submit your finished work to an agent or publisher you will have to provide a query letter, a synopsis, and a book proposal. All of these will require a story description that is as eloquent and succinct as possible. Focus on your hook. Focus on your overall arc. Focus on the basics. Do not get bogged down by the details.

Get it? Got it? Good.

See you on Friday for Boozy Books!

-A

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