I’ve been reading a lot of books about writing in the last few months. Many have a similar fundamental rule- keep things eloquently crisp but without verbal clutter.
I believe that Twitter helps a writer learn and apply this principle. The application forces users to say what they want to say in 140 characters or less, including punctuation, etc. This means that while you cannot say:
“It might interest my devoted readers to be aware of the fact that I have recently published yet another attempted entry meant to fascinate you.”
you CAN say
“New today – the art of clarity without clutter. I hope you enjoy the post.” – This statement, while retaining the meaning as the one above, is clearer, more direct, and comes complete with grammatical accuracy (and 66 characters to spare)!
The bottom line is this: do not write for quantity. This will help you in many ways, most notably:
1. Your readers will be hooked more quickly and more permanently.
2. The less you write, the less you must edit!
Write for quality. Suppose you write a 30 page document. During the 1st revision, pare it down to 20. And before the final submission, make sure it is no more than 15.
So strive to be a clear, clean writer. And let Twitter help you be a better writer, one Tweet at a time.