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T is for twitter. Twitter is a fantastic way to share your poetry with others. You are going to have to keep the poem short or make the first couple of lines so enticing that readers will want to come over to your blog to read the rest of the poem.
How do you create a Twitter poem?
1. Keep the poem under 140 characters (including spaces). You can check your character count by pasting your poem into Twitter or use an online character counter.
2. Use / (forward slash) to indicate a line break.
3. Use // (two forward slashes) to indicate a stanza break.
4. If you have any left over characters use a hash tag when posting your poem to Twitter. This helps people find your poems (even those who aren’t following you yet). Try #poetry or #poem
If you are having trouble writing a Twitter poem, try thinking of a single moment. For instances, yesterday my dogs were going crazy watching a squirrel trying to get from the tree to the bird feeder. Here it goes:
Tiny squirrel in the tree/dodge the growling dogs/back and forth/ from thick to thin/rooftop scaling/ down to the feeder hut #poetry #poem
I had two characters to spare.
Bushy tailed thief /in the tree/dodge the growling dogs/back and forth/ from thick to thin/to rooftop scaling/ down to the feeder hut #poem
I had 1 character to spare. I tweeted this second version on Twitter just this morning. My twitter handle is @renajtraxel
Whew! Now it’s your turn.
--Write a twitter poem and posted it to twitter. Or
--Write a series of twitter poems that link together to tell a story.
--Click here to read some Twitter poetry.
--Character counter click here.
If you liked this post please let others know. Tomorrow, I'll be discussing universal themes. I hope you come back for that.