Being king of a graphomaniac, the 140 characters allowed by Twitter to express my thoughts seemed at first very frustrating.
When you are used to write long articles without paying any attention to the lenght, starting with Twitter requires a radical change in your writing style.
Wanting to learn from the bests, I starting looking at authors who were famous for their laconic and straight-forward writing styles.
After investigating aphorisms, haikus and other short writing styles, I found a mind blowing concept in the Japanese Zen tradition: the Koan.
Koans are generally questions or statements that are not accessible to rational understanding, but are supposed to trigger enlightenment.
On Twitter, a typical koan would look like:
Zen_Rookie If I haven't anything in my mind, what shall I do?
Zen_Master Throw it out.
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