As I look at the what counts as writing gallery, I have realized that the most interesting posts to me were the posts about twitter and other smaller selections of writing. There were 3 different posts about twitter in the gallery and one very surprising post about a sticky note. Who would have ever thought that selections of 144 characters or something as small as a sticky note would ever count as writing. It made me wonder why, and I think I have an idea.
One of the main reasons these small texts are considered writing is not because of how big they are, but because of their meaning. In a twitter post, you are only allowed 144 characters, which is maybe about 3 sentences. On a sticky note, there is normally less than a square foot of space to put any writing. However, in these tiny samples, they sometime can explain more than a longer post could. Being concise is always appreciated in writing. Most readers do not have the attention span to read a post that is more than 2 or 3 pages long. If you cannot be concise in your writing, then you may fail to capture your audience.
As a writer, I believe that this should be my main goal. I have had a tendency to be very longwinded in the past, causing many of my friends to stop reading articles or blog posts I have written before they could finish. Seeing these smaller samples of writing in the same categories of what counts as writing shows me that it is something I can, and should improve on as time goes on.
The writing I will do this semester will hopefully reflect this. Where the ability to be concise while still writing a story will come from however is something I don’t know. Whether it be through editing and reediting several papers, or through preplanning all my assignments, I know that being as concise as possible will be something I accomplish this semester as I continue my journey and development as a writer.