One thing that I love about Twitter is that the written word reigns supreme. On Twitter, the story is told through concise messaging. Though the tweet is occasionally sprinkled with images and GIFS, the words are primarily the vehicle of the tweet. Using the right words with a little extra is essential for getting good engagement and establishing a strong community.
But sometimes, it can be hard to think of things to write about. In this post, you can find 13 tweet ideas that you can use on Twitter. Of course, the ideas found in this post is not all-inclusive. Feel free to expand upon the idea and add a little bit of flair and a little of you into it. After all, the most successful social media campaigns are ones that are planned, engaged, and most importantly, authentic.
13 Tweet Ideas You Can Use On Twitter
1–Tell us what you are most passionate about.
2–Ask a ‘Would you rather….?’ question.
3–Tell us what you are eating for dinner.
4–Ask a ‘This or That?’ question.
5–Tell us what your hobby is.
6–Ask a ‘What are your plans?’ question.
7–Tell us what your biggest pet peeve is.
8–Ask a “Why?” question.
9–Tell us what your hopes and dreams are.
10–Ask a “Yes or No” question.
11–Tell us what you are working on.
12–Ask us a “What do you predict…?” question.
13–Tell us one random personal detail about you.
Similar to any two-way communication, using Twitter is a bit like give and take. You should give and receive information from the audience. They learn about you, and you learn about them. Craft tweet messages to help show the best possible, authentic version of your personal brand. Craft messages to show who or what your brand is. At the same time, always be willing to give the same courtesy back.
Two weeks ago, I voted. I voted sitting at home comfortably in my PJs. I’ve never voted in my PJs before. But I’ve also never voted in the year 2020 before either.
If there’s one thing that this pandemic has taught me is that there is so much that we can do at home. We can work and go to school from home. We can have food be brought to our doorsteps from home. We can exercise and play at home. We can also vote from home.
I’m not gonna lie. It was nice to get a ballot sent directly to my doorstep. All I had to do was open it, fill it out, and then stuff it back in the envelope. I didn’t have to go to a busy voting location. I didn’t have to wait for an hour or more just to vote. I didn’t have to stand in uncomfortable street clothes while trying to figure out which candidate would be the best person for the job. I was able to just sit at home, vote, and, most importantly, I didn’t have to wear a mask.
Since I don’t have to wear a mask at home, I feel safer at home. So, why should I drive myself to a voting location twenty to thirty minutes away just to vote? Also, I didn’t feel comfortable standing in line, even with a mask on. I wanted to limit the number of places that I have to go. So, I chose to vote at home because it felt safer to me. I didn’t have to go out and potentially expose myself to the virus.
Now that I’ve voted, I feel good. The news is still overly saturated with the election, but now that I’ve voted, I don’t have to worry about it. It’s the same feeling that I used to get after I’ve studied and felt prepared to take a test the next day. It’s that feeling of having done everything I could and now I just have to sit back and let nature take its course.
I have a few weeks until the election results. Until then, I’m just going to sit back and do my best to tune out the news. What will happen will happen and I’ll worry about it then.
Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month. During the month of November, participants from every town, city, and country come together to write a 50,000 word novel. It probably sounds like an impossible task, to write a full length novel in just thirty days. But for those in the know, it is only 1667 words a day, or about 3-4 pages, depending on the font and margins. It is hard, certainly not easy, but definitely not impossible. Sometimes the things that seem nearly impossible are the ones worth doing.
Whether you know for a certainty that you are going to do Nanowrimo, or whether you are still debating, straddling both sides of the fence, this post is for you. In this article, I will give you three good reasons why you should do Nanowrimo in the year 2020.
1–Join The Writing Community
In the years that I’ve done Nanowrimo, I’ve come to find that the writing community on the Nanowrimo website and Twitter is absolutely phenomenal. Over on the Nanowrimo forums, you can find support both for yourself and your work-in-progress (WIP). You can use the forums to seek help on a plot device that you’re struggling with or to take a short break by playing some word or roleplaying games. But most importantly, I’ve always felt accepted by the community at large.
In addition to the Nanowrimo forums, I’ve also found incredible, vast amounts of support on Twitter, both in November and during the rest of the year. On Twitter, there is a thriving, positive community of writers who are ready to support you by giving advice, answering questions, promoting books, but most of all, having fun. You can access this community by simply using the hashtag #writingcommunity.
2–Unleash Your Creativity
With the busyness of the daily grind of work, sleep and paying bills (not necessarily in that order), it is hard to find the time to devote yourself to the arts. Fortunately in the year 2020, there has clearly been an explosion of creativity by artists, writers, bloggers, vloggers, and more. So let’s continue to champion this creativity by writing a novel in November. Let’s take a break for an hour or two a day and write a couple a thousand words about another world.
It’s no secret that this year has been the strangest yet. We’re definitely not living in the most normal of times at the moment. So, let’s create a new world, a new normal, that we envision for ourselves, our children, and the future. One way that we can do this is by writing. By writing a 50,000 word novel in November, you get either continue to unleash that creativity or release it after keeping it bottled up for so long. What better time to do that in November, the month that writers get to party by having write-ins and celebrating writing as a wonderful medium of creative expression.
3–Write a Best-Selling Novel
Haven’t you ever wanted to see your name on a book? While there’s no guarantee that your Nanowrimo book will turn out to be an international bestselling novel, you won’t know until you try. If your Nanowrimo book turns out to be a horrible, poorly written first draft, then that’s okay. The important thing is that you finished writing a book. Badly written first drafts can be edited and revised again and again to perfection. A badly written first draft can still be a number one bestselling book.
While writing a bestselling book seems kind of farfetched to many of us, it is not impossible. If this year has taught us anything, it is that life is short and that we should embrace every moment. We should take chances. We should take risks. We never know what’s going to happen next.
So go out and do what you’ve always wanted to do. Success comes from trying again and again, and just maybe, you may be rewarded beyond your wildest dreams.
No matter what happens, I think that we should all take a leap of faith and try. Go forth and write a novel in November. You will find a dedicated community of writers and you will be able to bring forth that creativity from within you. Go write the best that you can because life is amazing and so are you.
Ever since we were first put under mandatory lockdown orders, it felt as if my little world had come crashing down around me. For the first time, I could not just walk out of my own home. Whenever I did brave the outdoors to go to the store, I was always amazed at the nearly empty streets. It was as if the apocalypse had come. It was as if the entire world had just stopped.
The world had seemingly stopped in March-April. And yet, we couldn’t just sit in front of the TV all day, mindlessly absorbing Netflix or Hulu on repeat. So, many of us went online, the only place where we could escape the reality of living under lockdown. I was one of those people who went online, but not to post mindless posts about how much it sucked to live under quarantine. I went online for a different reason.
I decided to revive my old blog, Crispy Confessions. I haven’t written in so long, and I kind of missed it. I used to write stories and poems all the time in high school and college. And now, with the craziness of life, I just didn’t have the time to write anymore. I wanted to change that.
In the process of reviving my blog, I ended up learning and gaining a few skills. Because of this, I am so thankful to this time for giving me the time to be able to do some of the things that I love doing.
Four Skills I Learned During Quarantine
Before quarantine, I wasn’t really good at cooking. I ate a lot of processed foods and ramen noodles. But now, I have been watching cooking videos and searching for new recipes on Pinterest. I’m finding that I enjoy cooking. I enjoy that feeling of starting with the basics like meat or noodles and then combining them with vegetables and seasoning to create something delicious. The last thing I made was chili completely from scratch, and surprisingly, it was actually good.
2–Baking a Cake
I’ve made cake before but the Betty Crocker version. I’ve always wanted to bake a cake from scratch. So, one day, after I bought all the ingredients, I made a cake. Surprisingly, it wasn’t that hard. It just required a few basic ingredients, like flour, eggs, sugar, butter, and milk. The ingredients were then mixed together, poured into a cake pan, and then baked.
Here’s the recipe for the cake that I made that day. It was pretty good, especially with chocolate icing on top, because chocolate always makes everything better.
3–Using Instagram Effectively
I was using social media before lockdown. But I wasn’t using it effectively. I was just using Instagram to post pictures of the kids.
So, I decided to rethink my Instagram strategy. I know that Instagram can be a pretty powerful social media marketing tool. So, a few weeks ago, I changed my brand and the content. Using Canva (which has been a godsend), I have been using my graphic design skills that I learned in college to create Pinterest-worthy Instagram pictures to post. I’ve also rethinked my strategy for Instagram stories as well. Ever since then, I’ve increased my engagement on Instagram by twofold. I am still learning, however, and I’m excited about the things I will continue to learn from using this tool.
4–Using Pinterest Effectively
Before lockdown, I didn’t use Pinterest at all. I had an account that I had created years ago, but at the time I dismissed it as a glorified bookmarks tab. It sounded cool and all but I didn’t think I had the time to use it.
But then lockdown happened and suddenly I had more time that I knew what to do with. I decided to add Pinterest to my social media marketing strategy. After all, visual search is trending now; more and more people are using visuals to search and to obtain information. But besides that, I’ve learned that I can use Pinterest to find keywords for my blog posts. I can use Pinterest to see what is trending, visually, and possibly get inspiration from them.
I feel immensely proud at having gained these skills. Of course, I’m no expert. I’m still learning. And I like it. Life happens when learning happensafter all.
Twitter is a powerful microblogging social media platform. It’s superpower is not just words but the ability to create good, lasting content in as few characters as possible. Many people struggle with writing; many more struggle with creating content that is short and to the point. In the social media age, this is a must. Failure to do so can result in less replies, less shares, and ultimately less engagement.
I am here to share with you seven tips and tricks that I have used to help me craft that perfect tweet.
You’ve got to make the tweet compelling. You’ve got to give the audience a sense of urgency. You can do this by providing a call-to-action. Ask questions. Start a poll. Tell them to download something. Provide a link to a blog or a website. Whatever it is, get them to do something.
In the word-dominated world of Twitter, pictures or GIFs can be used to help make your tweet stand out. Post a picture of something that you are passionate about. Post a funny GIF in a tweet or a response. If appropriate, add emojis to show how you feel.
3–Use Active Verbs
Use active verbs; don’t use passive ones.
4–Don’t Use Adjectives
It’s about the action that you want from the audience. It’s not so much about how pretty something is. Don’t use descriptive words. Use only the words that are absolutely necessary.
5–Use 0-2 Hashtags
Don’t use more than two hashtags. This is not Instagram. Using just one or two hashtags is sufficient. In some cases, it is better to not use hashtags at all. Just let the message speak for itself. If it’s a good one, then it will spread like wildfire.
6–Keep It Short
There’s a reason why the maximum character limit on Twitter is 280. Write short, simple sentences. Save the fluff for the book.
Every tweet that you compose should give value. Ask yourself how this message can help the audience. Are you offering a service, a freebie, or information? We always write tweets for our audience.
Overall, keep the tweet simple, short, and to the point. Use images and hashtags only if it is necessary. Always make sure to have a call-to-action. Always give value to the audience.
I have always loved to write. I have also always loved to edit. But, I didn’t always love editing my own work. I used to feel squeamish and intensely uncomfortable whenever I had to sit down with a red pen and start marking things out. I think I felt this way because it felt weird to read out loud what once existed only in the dark abyss of my mind. To read something that no one else has seen or even looked at before is such an intensely strange moment. But also incredibly magical.
Now, however, I love editing my own work. Sometimes I feel as if editing is my favorite part of writing. For one, I am exuberant because I am finally done with the writing part. It is a reward wrapped in a pretty box with a ribbon on top. For another, I love to read my own writing out loud, and just marvel at what I created.
Nurturing that first idea and turning it into a draft is like having a child and then watching that child grow up. Similar to a child, that draft must undergo several stages in order to get where it needs to be. Editing is the process of helping it get where it needs to go.
So, here are five editing tips that I think every writer should know.
1–Take a Break
After you finish writing, step away from your computer and go do something else. Studies from this Scientific American article show that people who take breaks can increase their creativity, productivity, and mental awareness. Breaks allow us to be able to step back from the piece. We can take a breather. We can relax. We can focus on something else.
After you finish writing a chapter of your book or an entire article, go do something else. Go on Facebook or Twitter and chat with some people. Grab your sketch book or canvas and paint a picture of the view outside. Go fix yourself some lunch. Finish knitting that sweater you’ve been working on for months. Go check the mail or take the trash out. Go clean your bathroom.
Whatever it is, it will get your mind off of your writing. Once you are ready to tackle your writing again, you will feel more energized and afresh with a clearer mind so that you can look at the writing from a fresh perspective.
2–Read It Out Loud
I don’t know about you, but I find that I do my best editing when I can read the words out loud. When I don’t read out loud, I feel restricted or contained. When I can read the words out loud, I feel this sense of freedom as the words and ideas take shape before my very eyes. It is probably at this moment that my words take on a life of their own. I guess you could say that the life of these words begins after first putting fingers to the keyboard, but I say they begin after they can be spoken by the writer.
Usually reading out loud once is not sufficient. I find that I have to read out loud twice, three times, sometimes even ten times. I read out loud to make sure that the writing makes sense and fits the overall message.
3–Use Different Colors
Whether you choose to edit on the computer or by hand, you can still use different colors. Use a different colored marker to show the revisions on paper. Use a different color font to differentiate from the main text. You could even assign different colors to the different edits. For example, use red to show grammar edits and yellow to show spelling corrections.
The reason why you should use different colors is so that you can clearly see the edits and revisions at first glance. Later, when you have to go back and rewrite the text, you can easily see the corrections and correct them accordingly.
4–Have a Dictionary Nearby
Whenever you are editing, you should always have a dictionary on hand. That dictionary can be a print one or an online one. I personally just use online dictionaries to check for the correct spelling of the words. Besides checking the spelling, I also like to double check the meaning to make sure that I am using the right word in the right context. It doesn’t hurt to double check.
5–Be Prepared for the Unexpected
Sometimes when you’re editing, you may find that you have to delete a sentence or two or even an entire paragraph if it seems like it doesn’t really fit the overall message of what you’re writing. And that is okay. When you do have to delete, you can just delete it or you could even save the sentences in a separate document. Perhaps those sentences could be the source of inspiration for another piece of writing.
The point is that when you are editing, you should be ready for anything. Edit the text while keeping in mind that it is just a first draft. The first draft is proof that you actually wrote something. Editing prunes that draft, making it be more effective by pruning out the weeds. It’s possible that you might have to trash the entire draft. Or it’s possible that that draft is pretty much perfect and you don’t have to do any huge revisions, aside from a spelling or grammar error here and there.
Editing is a skill that is necessary in cultivating good writing. The best books or articles weren’t written overnight. The idea was born and from that idea the writer nurtures and raises it to its fullest potential. It is almost like having a child, rearing it until you can release the child out into the big wide world.
I was nominated for The Real Neat Blog Award! Thank you Melainie for nominating me! Go check out her blog by clicking here. If you are in the mood for some quick reading with dynamic dialogue and complex characters, then go read her Tales of Levenia.
Include the award logo in your post.
Answer the following seven questions, asked by the person who nominated you.
Thank the person/people who nominated you.
Nominate any number of bloggers you like by linking to their blogs.
Notify them that you have nominated them.
My Answers to the Seven Questions
What is one thing you’ve struggled with the most in your life?
The thing that I’ve struggled with the most is coming to terms with my racial identity. As someone who is biracial, I walk a tight line between two very different racial identities and cultural backgrounds. I’ve had to learn how I fit in between these two races and somehow find my place in the world.
My favorite part was watching my grandmother and mother make kimchi. I loved the entire experience of it. Making kimchi is not just about the food; it’s about the culture. If you’ve ever seen anyone kneel down on the floor with a giant bowl of Napa cabbage, then you’d know what I’m talking about.
3. Think of one bad habit you’ve been able to break. Tell me how you broke that bad habit.
One bad habit that I sort of fell into was not writing. But then Covid-19 happened and I suddenly had more time to pursue writing. I decided to revive my previously abandoned blog Crispy Confessions. It was like greeting an old friend after a very long vacation.
4. What makes the struggle of blogging worth it to you?
Blogging is hard. It’s not just the writing part. You’ve got to create the pictures, share the post, engage with the community, do keyword research, do topic research, etc, etc. And yet, despite the hard work, it is worth it. I love reading comments and seeing how what I wrote has affected other people. I can bring enjoyment, or change someone’s viewpoint about something, then it is all worth it in the end.
5. When did you decide that you wanted to start a blog?
6. If you could meet yourself ten years from now, what questions would you ask yourself?
In ten years, I will be 41. It’s hard to imagine that I would — could — be that age. It’s hard to even think about the fact that I am in my thirties, no longer in my twenties, no longer a teenager. I would ask myself these questions:
Is there anything that you regret?
Are you happy with where you are now?
7. Do you know your Myers-Briggs personality type? If so, what is it?
I was nominated for The Small Joys Tag by the wonderful Catarina. Thank you Catarina! Go check out her blog by clicking here. She blogs about skincare, makeup, travel, and food. Recently, she posted a picture of this seaweed potatoes and pumpkin dish that makes my taste buds salivate. I really need to learn how to make that dish!
Only Three Rules
Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. List fifteen of your small joys!
3. Nominate five other blogger friends who bring you joy!
My grandma used to visit us every summer. She was in her seventies by then, but she was still very robust and healthy. She would take the long twenty-four hour flight from her home in Seoul to where my parents and I lived on the eastern coast of the US. Even though she knew very little English, she still managed to get by.
I didn’t realize it then, but what she did was very brave. She came to see us for a few months, every summer, in another country where she didn’t even speak the language. She braved the airport, flight delays, and after 9/11 happened, intense airport security. But she did it, acting as a messenger and bringing clothes, hair bows, and lots of Korean spices. She did it and in doing so she forged one of the only tentative links I had with that side of the family.
When she came to see us, she would be the typical grandma and spoil us all. She would make several batches of every kind of kimchi there was. She would do my hair the way I liked it — making one long French braid with her strong, deft fingers. She would rub my stomach in circular motions while singing a catchy Korean song whenever I had a stomachache, and strangely enough, my stomach wouldn’t hurt anymore.
Everyday she would sit outside at the same time. There was a huge tree with wide branches that sprawled out pretty far. I don’t know what kind of tree it was, but it wasn’t pine. The branches and the leaves formed an umbrella, a canopy of sorts. This particular tree sat in our backyard for years until it was knocked down by a tornado that ravaged the area.
Well, my grandmother sat under that tree every day. She would sit, and look out over the gate separating our backyard from the few acres of open space on the other side. Our house backed onto land; I don’t know who owned it.
My grandma sat under the tree everyday and smoked. Sometimes I would come out and sit with her. She would always chastise me and tell me to go inside. She smoked for years. She always called her cigarettes her husband. I was always amused by that. I wasn’t sure why she called them her ‘husband.’ Her husband had passed away years before, before I was even born. Her cigarettes took the place of that empty space that must have existed within her. Even though smoking was bad for her health, it must have been good in the sense that it was always dependably there for her, like a faithful spouse. That is one lesson I learned from her: we all need someone to love and to confide in.
Another time I can’t remember what I was doing. It wasn’t very important. But my grandmother looked over at me and told me to enjoy my childhood. I look at her confused. I was enjoying my childhood. I was a happy kid. What did she mean? Now, that I’m older I realize what she was telling me, because I tell my kids the same thing everyday. She meant that childhood is the best time of our lives, and yet it is ever so fleeting and short. We should enjoy our youth because we won’t ever get it back.
Once, I was packing for an all-day school trip to an amusement park that was about two hours away from my hometown. I wanted to take a cute little gray colored book bag, but the problem was that I was having a hard time fitting things in. My grandma looked at the situation for a minute or two, and then came over and showed me how to roll the jacket really small so that it would fit. That day she taught me that there is a creative solution for everything.
At the end of the summer, it would be time for her to go back home to Korea. She would pack up her suitcases, which were heavier than when she first came to visit. But even though she only came for the summers, it never felt that she was far away. She left but promised to keep in touch by phone calls. Even when she wasn’t here, we still talked often. Whenever we talked, it felt like she was here with us. That is another thing that she taught me. That we can never truly be far from those we love if we put in the time and effort.
My grandma had a huge positive impact on me. I think about the lessons I learned from her. I carry them with me everyday. It is the greatest legacy that any person can have.
What is one lesson that you learned from your grandparents?