Hello Short Stuff!

On Thursday, May 31st at 4 pm, Shakirah Dawud and I will host our bi-weekly Tweet Chat, #WrMatters. In our last conversation, we discussed how to begin a large writing project. You can see our suggestions on Shakirah’s blog post, Copywriting Process? What Copywriting Process? and on mine, Cubing, Reading, and Compiling – 3 Ways of Getting Started.

This week, we thought we’d talk about those smaller writing tasks that we engage in a dozen times a day. These are the communications we write so often, we barely think about them as writing at all – status updates, interoffice memos, client correspondence, updates to colleagues, tweets, blog posts, comments on blog posts, and that giant time suck – EMAIL!

I wonder if we calculated the number of words we compose during any given work week, how many of us would discover we are drafting at a pace equivalent to that of Stephen King or Nora Roberts. Yet do we think of ourselves as writers when we’re composing these, or as typists? How many of us even pause before we hit the reply button to be sure we hit reply to sender and not reply to all, let alone stop to proofread a tweet?

So let’s talk on Thursday about the challenges of those little messages. I have a few questions to get the ball rolling, and I’m sure you have many more. Here is just a taste of what we’ll be talking about:

Q1) What types of small messages do you write every day?

Q2) In what ways could those messages benefit from more careful attention to the Writing Cycle?

Q3) In what ways could you benefit as a writer by using those messages as writing practice?

Q4) Where do you draft those messages – in Word, Notepad, or inside your email or Twitter or internet program? And what are the benefits of drafting within each of those spaces?

Q5) Do you have boilerplate language that you use? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using standard copy?

Q6) Do you save messages that you think could be useful (incoming or outgoing)? If so, how? What software do you use?

Q7) What blunders have you made and what have you learned from them?

Q8) What successes have you had and what can you teach us from them?

Join us May 31st at 4 pm ET as we tackle these questions and whatever others you may have. #WrMatters is a bi-weekly Tweet Chat for professionals who write. We welcome anyone whose writing matters, because we understand that communication is key!

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