Just the other day, as I was working on a blog post, it struck me. I like to write. I’m good at it. I’ll bet I’m probably in the top 1% of people in terms of writing skills and comfort. By golly, I might just be a writer. And you know what? Blogging and Twitter made me a writer.
I’ll bet, if you’re a consistent blogger or Twitterer, you probably feel the same.
So why are we better writers now than we were a few years ago?
First of all, becoming good at something takes practice. In this new world of microcommunications, we are all writing far more than we ever did when the phone was our standard means of communicating. We write Tweets, Facebook updates, and texts every day, plus countless emails. Many of us also write blogs or Tumblrs. That’s all on top of the stuff we write for work, for school, or just for fun. I wish I could find a study on this (I looked – do you know of one?), but I’m sure that the total number of words produced today far outstrips whatever we were producing even just five or ten years ago.
Next, new forms of writing, with Twitter leading the pack, are forcing those of us who use them to become more concise, action-oriented writers. Making better word choices, including a call-to-action in our writing, and better self-editing impacts how we write outside of Twitter as well. I’ve definitely noticed this in the past few years in all of the forms of writing that I do.
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