The Way You Practice

If you're a writer, I can't imagine why you wouldn't be on Twitter. For that matter, if you're a writer, I can't imagine why you wouldn't have a blog. Moving still along those lines, if you're a literate human, I can't imagine why you wouldn't be a writer in some fashion, but that last one's probably a post for a different time. 'Cause today's about honing your craft in whatever little way you can. I don't blog just to have a journal. I could use a Word document for that. All of this stuff I'm writing, I already know. I like to believe I'm saying it for the benefit of whatever readers I can attract, even if most of them appear to want to offer me performance enhancing steroids or free legal marijuana.

So, again I question, if you're a writer, why aren't you using Twitter? It offers a platform to have people, almost instantaneously, read something you've written. It challenges you to keep whatever funny or deep or, and please don't take this route, I beg of you, food-related thoughts you have to under 140 characters. Everywhere else — school, work, even a blog — begs you to write in excess, but Twitter demands you condense something to its core idea. The DNA of the thought. Its very essence.

It's always seemed to me that if you couldn't amuse me in a short amount of time, the missing ingredient wasn't "more." More of my time. More of your words. I can't just wait around for you to get your point across. I'm not getting any younger, and I'm certainly not Clooney, so I doubt I'm getting prettier with age.

I think it's the same way with Twitter. If your idea can't be expressed in that 140 character limit, maybe it's just not a good enough idea. Or maybe it's just not a good enough idea yet. I'd like to believe it's the latter. That every idea has the potential to be a good idea. Justin Bieber's career says otherwise, but that again is a post for another time.

If we're really going to be critical though, I guess it did just take me a lot more than 140 characters to say that.