Look at your Twitter account right now. I double-dog dare you. (I'll wait...)
Now look at the number right above the word "TWEETS".
For some of you its in the tens of thousands. It is my opinion that it's OK for you to be proud of this number. It's a pretty significant accomplishment.
I'm even a little proud of my 9,062.
Now I'm fairly certain stringing those tweets together to form a book would at the very best be confusing and at the very worst be unreadable.
But it does bring about some truths for us writers.
We can write novels. Almost all of us.
We just don't.
We choose not to.
Let's look at something else. How many words do you think you say in any given day. It just so happens that the University of Arizona studied this and came up with the number of about 16,000 words per person. And despite well-publicized "studies" to the contrary, this 8 year survey using voice-activated recorders on hundreds of college students showed that men and women are about equal in how much they talk.
16,000 words. My goodness that's a lot of words. In a week, if we could somehow harness that power to put sentences together and lay it out on the computer screen, we'd have a 112,000 manuscript.
Hmmm... so if I (a) tweet less and write more and (b) shut up and write, I should be able to pump out novels at the rate of one or more a week.
Thanks for reading. Off to not tweet or talk... yeah, that's gonna happen.