Creative Writing in the Age of Twitter

What is a haiku? If you asked me this question just a couple of years ago, I wouldn’t have been able to give you a decent answer. It wasn’t until twitter until I learned about haikus, and started posting them weekly under the then-popular hashtag, “#HaikuMonday.” Twitter is the perfect outlet for tiny samples of creative writing. In fact, one of my favorite accounts to follow is @VeryShortStory. The owner of VeryShortStory tweets out full stories that take place in 140 characters or less! Truly amazing!


Blogger, Sam Regina, posted an article titled, “Creative Writing in the Age of Twitter,” written by Wendy Donahue of the of the Chicago Tribune. The question of how can parents encourage creativity in children’s writing was raised. Donahue responds with, “Each kid is like an uncut diamond. Pushing them is wrong. They have to discover which facets have to come off and which stay so they can glow.” It is important to pursue creativity for personal growth, not for an end result.


Children are exposed to words now younger than ever. Take a look around. Just last night, I saw an 8 year old boy ask a diner manager for the Wifi password so he could be hooked online. Phones and tablets are glued to our kid’s hands, causing them to read more now than ever. With all of this reading happening, surely they are likely to type their own creative thoughts!


2 thoughts on “Creative Writing in the Age of Twitter

  1. I think it’s so cool how you got into poetry through the Internet! I agree that it’s crazy how kids are becoming addicted to electronics at such a young age (eight years old…yikes!) but, technology can be manipulated in the way you use it, yourself! The issue is, parents, teachers and other advocates for young children need to give children the power to use technology in a positive way. There are so many writing apps (that we discussed in this module) and educational implications to be used through the Internet! Great post!


  2. I really like this article, but I do have my doubts that children are using phones and tablets to actually read… I think that when given the chance to use a phone or tablet, the first thing that children do is look for the best game to play or find the pictures to scroll through. As a last resort, I think children will turn to reading as a means to pass the time when given some form of technology. I find this particularly true for children at the dinner table; if a child was sitting there with a book, I would look at them funny and wonder why they are so bored with having a meal with their family, and I feel the same way about technology at a table.


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