The problem and the joy of Twitter is that it’s brief. Twitter has replaced my RSS feed since it’s fast and simple. It wasn’t a conscious decision, it just happened. I spent so much time on Twitter that I just stopped looking at my RSS feed. At first, when I considered this, I felt that maybe I was skewing the way I digest news and wasn’t getting a well-rounded feed. But RSS feeds are by choice and so is who I follow on Twitter.
The difference is that I can share what I read to my followers or I can comment or I can just post a thought. On the latter, the platform is considered microblogging. And micro it is with only 140 characters. Now, for some, it’s 280 characters. I didn’t get that expansion but the anonymous Twitter account I run did. That’s hilarious because I can now actually add the word f*ck to my anonymous Twitter posts because I don’t have to worry so much about word count. I’m sure that’s the reason they’re expanding the character count… so we can all swear more.
So why am I writing about Twitter rather than tweeting about it? It’s because I follow so many writers. I love reading about their writing experiences, their publishing experiences, their point of view on life and death and love and whatever. And that’s because I want to be a writer.
If you read writer’s posts on Twitter long enough… like a day or two… you will see one of them post that if you want to be a writer, then just write.
But I’m a public school teacher. When do I have time to write? Like, um, never! And that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
And that’s the problem. I’m just making excuses. I sit in class watching my student work on projects I give them and envy the time they have to think and write and create. Then I say to myself, “Some day.” And get back to grading or planning or answering questions. I’ve done this for years!
Well, f*ck that! I have things to say. They’ve been filling my head for ages. I write ideas down in notebooks and notebook apps. I write then down on Post-It notes. I try to remember them when I have none of those things handy only to forget what thoughts or ideas I need to write in my notebook, etc. Those writers posting on Twitter are right. If you want to be a writer, just write.
So I took that advice and hashed out this little 519-word post. It just flowed out of me. It took approximately 15 minutes. It was easy.
My students didn’t even know I was doing it, they were writing themselves. It was satisfying, it hardly took any time.
And now back to grading, planning, and teaching these little sh*ts… um… these wonderful high school students something and then have them write about it.