Monday, December 5, 2011
What's in a Tweet (or many Tweets) Monday Motivation
This is about writing and time. What's in a tweet? 140 characters, that's what. Now, I'm going to use my own tweets as an example, and I'm a prolific tweeter because I love the community, and because I co-moderate two screenwriting chats. (check them out #scriptchat & #tvwriterchat)
Well, I thought about the time I spend on the 'net, socializing, marketing, etc, and I started crunching numbers. I'm not a numbers kinda girl, but these numbers related to writing. So class is in session, pay attention:
Avg. Tweet = 140 characters
Avg Manuscript Page = 250 words
Avg # of characters per word = 5
Now for the public info on me. I've tweeted 38,300 times (not including the many, many I've deleted)
Now it's time for the math:
38,300x140=5,362,000 characters/5 characters per word=1,072,400 words/250 words per page= 4289.6 manuscript pages. Let's just say my average novel length is 400 pages: THAT'S nearly 11 novels (or, I don't know how many screenplays) I could have written in the time I've spent on Twitter!
Would I take any of that time back? Sure a few hours here and there, but I think most of the time has been fun, and enlightening. And the support I get from other writers and readers on Twitter is worth the manuscript pages that didn't get typed. Besides, would I really have spent that time writing anyway?
Food for thought for your Monday
at 9:59 AM