“A better writer?”
Yes, better at…
- Knowing what you want to say
- Know how to say it
- Saying it in a few, not a lot of words
- Avoiding jargon, which forces people to drain brain calories
- Editing your own work to achieve all of the above
Write better to inform, engage, and persuade better. For emails, documents, web pages, posts, pitch decks, proposals, whatever.
And of course, for your social shares, captions, comments and call-to-action links and buttons.
You have something to say. Why waste words, time, and attention confusing readers, versus clarifying and simplifying?
“Okay, but why Twitter?”
Because others out there have “nailed it.” Why not learn from some of the best? Think of Twitter as a digital version of the Paris café scene of the roaring 20s. A useful gathering of writing minds, language snobs, and practical tips for writing clearly, concisely, and purposely.
Bonus: Download the free strategy guide that reveals how Hootsuite grew our Twitter following to over 8 million users and learn how you can put the tactics to work for your business.
17 Twitter accounts that will make you a better writer
1. Stephen King
One of the masters, for sure. If you’re serious about writing, read Stephen King’s book, On Writing.
Meanwhile, see what he has to say on his Twitter account (including, when he’s railing on Trump). Notice how Stephen uses words to create effect.
In fact, Twitter is a great place to sharpen your writing skills. A limit of 280140 characters will do that. And, every once in a while, Stephen comes up with an actual writing tip.
I feel obligated to insure the wrath (and teeth) of Molly, aka the Thing of Evil, by telling you that she coerced someone into photoshopping this picture. She did not summit Everest. It’s fake news. pic.twitter.com/H5NTQuEovk
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) July 15, 2019
2. Jeff Goins
Always more to learn about your craft, right? Otherwise, you’re not everything you think you are (that’s a note to self).
Learn a load of tips through his Twitter feed, blog posts & podcasts. Jeff shows how he does it, so you can too.
Speaking of Twitter making you a better writer, see Jeff’s thoughts about this.
Running reminds me of writing. Never want to start. Never want to end. pic.twitter.com/QWAUurVsmg
— Jeff Goins (@JeffGoins) July 22, 2019
3. Joseph Kimble
Joseph is a writing professor. And, an advocate for plain language. Thank goodness, as we need more of this in business.
Joseph tells you not to say “utilize” when you mean “use.” Also, three words are better than five. The same goes for syllables (here’s my take on writing to establish your brand voice).
His feed is a treasure of common writing problems. From these, learn how to make your writing easier for readers to follow. Plain language is key. If you can’t say what you mean simply, consider this a signal for getting clear in your mind.
Someone should do blog post on why writers shouldn’t use *should* instead of *if* to start a conditional sentence, e.g., “Should you need to contact the company, send it an e-mail.”
*Should* is so musty when it’s used instead of *if* in sentences such as this one.
— Legal Writing Editor (@legalwritinged) July 12, 2019
Learn a new word every day. What aspiring writer wouldn’t want to do that, right?
The iconic dictionary’s word of the day feature will boost your vocabulary. And their articles will help you get clear on commonly confused words.
Such as… “between” versus “among,” “censor” versus “censure,” and “biweekly” versus “biweekly” (you read that right).
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) July 23, 2019
5. Joanna Wiebe
For your web pages and marketing materials… Do you use jargon? Do you format everything the same way? Are there more words like “we” and “us” than “you and yours?”
Learn why this helps you lose, not gain, readers’ attention for your business.
Joanna is a staple for my business. Her posts, her courses, her solid approach influences most of my writing. If you write to sell, then follow Joanna.
Learn a thing or three, too, about good (and not so good) call-to-action buttons:
what to write on a button if you don’t want anyone to click it… pic.twitter.com/6qtrNHWwnJ
— Joanna Wiebe (@copyhackers) April 24, 2019
6. Eddie Shleyner
You might know Eddie from his Hootsuite posts.
I know him for his micro posts about copywriting, marketing and psychology. Eddie’s writing is easy to understand. Learn to do the same with your words.
On his Twitter feed, Eddie curates content that will help you write copy—copy that readers will connect with and act on.
With time short and minutes precious, I go to Eddie to learn a single writing concept in a moment or two.
A period will probably dohttps://t.co/vDS9qw63si#copywriting #copywriter #contentMarketing #psychology #marketing #advertising #branding #sales #art #copywritersUnite #amWriting #amEditing #copySafari #creativity #RobertDeNiro pic.twitter.com/Jc7itCjv0V
— Eddie Shleyner (@VeryGoodCopy) July 18, 2019
7. Writer’s Digest
Got a story to tell? Visit and scroll the Writer’s Digest Twitter feed. Learn things like…
Sit or stand while writing?
How to launch into scenes to drive your stories forward?
Publish traditionally or self publish?
How to write a blog post?
How to use the right words to say the right things
Writer’s Digest cuts across the spectrum of writing. It’s easy to spend time on this feed.
No matter if you are just getting started or want to break into fiction writing, setting is a crucial element to any story. Learn the basic elements of setting in this post. #amwriting #setting #writingcommunity https://t.co/Vk9jD8NXSs pic.twitter.com/4P6h7qfkpf
— Writer’s Digest (@WritersDigest) July 22, 2019
8. Daily Writing Tips
Visit this Twitter feed often to make less spelling, grammar, usage and punctuation mistakes for your shares, pages, emails, and documents.
It’s easy on the eyes to scroll their mostly one-line descriptions to their linked posts. Find something that interests you, or is timely for what you’re writing.
Also see their ebook, 100 Writing Mistakes to Avoid.
70 Dialogue Writing Prompts https://t.co/Ufw7UFODrk
— Daily Writing Tips (@writing_tips) July 8, 2019
9. Write to Done
This Twitter feed is about “unmissable articles on writing.” You’ll have no problem finding inspiration, tips, and tools for writing of all kinds (even more on their site at writetodone.com).
- Is blogging still the thing?
- How to handle tough feedback about your writing
- Their 20 greatest posts ever written. Ever.
- How to write conversationally
- How to get to yes
And, ever heard of freewriting? Not me, until just now when scrolling their feed. Seems it’s a way to supercharge your work, writing by memory and adding technicolor details. Soon as I finish the post, I’m going to read that one.
— Write to Done (@WritetoDone) July 17, 2019
Lit Reactor is an online writing community. They offer classes and have a forum of writers. But you need not sign up for either to grow your writing skills.
See their Twitter feed for links to exercises, interviews with successful authors, and how-to writing tips.
Bonus: Here’s a few more tips and tools for your social media writing.
“The best advice I can give on this is, once it’s done, to put it away until you can read it with new eyes.” Take #NeilGaiman‘s advice and put your manuscript away for a while. Once you’re ready to revisit it, here are 5 tips to consider — via @LitReactor https://t.co/0LEQgZ929J
— Reedsy (@ReedsyHQ) July 22, 2019
11. Mignon Fogarty
Have you ever Googled a tricky grammar question? If so, you’ve probably heard of Grammar Girl, an internet-famous grammar celebrity. You might also know her as the Quick and Dirty Tips founder.
Visit her Twitter feed to learn from her answers to tough grammar questions. She makes it easy to understand—and remember.
Some listeners say they get funny looks when they use proper English. Should they change the way they speak? Today we talk about why sometimes it isn’t so dumb to “dumb down your language.” #podcast https://t.co/7FhyyvdP6H
— Mignon Fogarty (@GrammarGirl) July 18, 2019
12. Susan Orlean
Susan is a staff writer for The New Yorker. She spends most of her time writing magazine articles.
She also gives great advice on other writers to check out. In other words, if this list isn’t long enough, scroll Susan’s feed for more Twitter accounts of great writers.
For me, writing is really just learning about things that interest me, and then trying to convince you to find them as interesting as I do.
— Susan Orlean (@susanorlean) February 14, 2018
13. The Write Life
This Twitter feed covers writing topics about marketing, blogging, publishing, and freelancing. It’s easy to scroll and see useful writing tips and resources. Here’s a few:
- The 100 best websites for writers in 2019
- 6 Grammar checkers and tools to write clean copy
- 5 simple steps to write a headline your editor will love
- How to unlearn everything you learned in school about writing
- 5 ways to stay afloat during a writing slump
You can also jump right to their site, thewritelife.com, to see all their posts about writing tips, tools, and approaches. Use their insights to write compelling words for your social media shares.
— The Write Life (@thewritelife) January 14, 2019
14. Jon Winokur
Nice handle, huh? That pretty much says it all for this Twitter account.
Many of the insights on Jon’s feed are inspirational, with others practical. Sometimes a shot of inspiration is exactly what you need to get writing, and stop procrastinating.
— Jon Winokur (@AdviceToWriters) July 23, 2019
15. Madam Grammar
What? Another grammar account? Yup, because grammar matters.
Madam Grammar—known in real life as Lisa McLendon—is an editor and language teacher who walks “the fine red line between prescriptivism and descriptivism.”
Meaning… it’s good to know the rules, so you can break the rules—intentionally.
Follow this feed for tidbits of grammar and usage knowledge. Use this to clean up your writing. And, save you from embarrassing mistakes.
— Madam Grammar (@MadamGrammar) July 11, 2019
16. Darren Rowse
Darren has been a full-time blogger since 2004. He shares plenty about how to create compelling content for the web.
His tips are more strategic than explaining nitty-gritty details of language. Find inspiration from this feed if you’re developing or tweaking your content strategy. Darren’s focus is on blogging, but his insights apply to anyone who works with words.
Do you find your readers asking the same questions over and over again? Well, a post that answers those questions would make a perfect piece of evergreen content for your blog. https://t.co/7K3nPVCY9X pic.twitter.com/8FKx5PaWGR
— Darren Rowse (@problogger) July 18, 2019
17. Writing Hashtags
We’ve covered some great Twitter accounts for making you a better writer. Let’s add a finishing touch—some hashtags that cut across Twitter accounts.
“Great, what next?”
I hope you found these Twitter accounts useful. Skim, scan, and scroll through these. Bookmark the ones you like. Visit them often when you need a blast of inspiration.
Or, just to keep honing your writing skills. So more people will read, share, click, and comment on your social media posts—and for all of your marketing materials.
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