Ever get stuck writing a tweet? If you answered “no”… come on. No one’s listening – you can be honest!
Most of us have, at one point or another, stared at the blinking cursor in the “compose new tweet” window for ages, wracking our brain for something – anything – to say. But Twitter writer’s block doesn’t have to be so stressful. Here’s how you can make it work for you, not against you.
Twitter writer’s block? Yeah right!
140 characters might seem like peanuts if you’ve never had to actually write a tweet. It’s what, one or two sentences? It shouldn’t be too tough to come up with something to say.
OK, Mr. or Ms. Naysayer, try coming up with something to say in 140 characters… five times a day. Now try it ten times. Now do it for a month straight. Not so easy after all, is it?
Whatever your Twitter strategy may be, it probably includes tweeting at least a few times a day. And even if you have the most structured content calendar in the world – detailing tone, topics, themes and resources – you still have to come up with original content on a daily basis.
Share and share alike
So here’s how to take the often frustrating experience of Twitter writer’s block and turn it into a positive: share your frustration.
If you can’t come up with something to say… let your followers know! You can ask them what they do when they can’t squeeze one more creative thought from their brain. Or simply tell them that you’re stuck. Chances are, you’re not the only one.
You never know what great creative prompts could pop up from a conversation about writer’s block. Since everyone from the bigwig CEO to your local retail worker is becoming a writer thanks to the popularity of Twitter and other social networks, we all share the pain of a dull brain every now and then. So why can’t we all share in helping each other break through the barrier?
You’re human, too
Just by admitting you’re human and you can’t come up with a witticism at the drop of a hat, you could forge more genuine connections with your Twitter followers. After all, they’re human too! And by connecting on that level, you’ll build a more honest, open relationship.
Too many Twitter users feel the need to always be “on”, to be the perfect incarnation of themselves. But there is nothing wrong with showing a little crack in your armour. Not only will it take some of the stress off you, but it will show your followers that you’re not afraid to be a real person.
So embrace your writer’s block, and turn it into something positive! You might just help others struggling with the same thing.
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