With freelance writing, you often get to write about what you want, when you want—which opens up a world of creativity and freedom. But this can be both rewarding and frustrating. Some days you’re as motivated as ever, churning out your best work. Other days the creative juices run dry and it can be a struggle to write a simple email.
So what’s a writer to do? Get on Twitter, of course.
Next time you find yourself struggling to put pen to paper, check out these must-follow Twitter accounts for a little help with writing, no matter your mood.
When You’re Feeling Discouraged
Writing is hard and so is life. Some days are revision heavy, whether by your own choice or by the request of an editor. The tough days can be made a little bit better if we try to remember all the good in the world. Find inspiration, motivation and even some laughs from these accounts.
There’s a TED talk on any subject you could imagine, and the Twitter account proves it. Science, math, art, history, business, medicine, psychology, and everything in between come to life with “real world” context and a current events flair thanks to TED. Scrolling through even a day’s worth of tweets shows you just how much you have to be inspired and excited about.
— TED Talks (@TEDTalks) May 23, 2016
The TED feed is an aggregation of video talks, both new and old, and posts from their Ideas Blog and TED Studies site; you’re bound to find something to get your brain thinking and your heart pumping. No matter the source of your de-motivation or discouragement, TED will give you new perspective.
The words and experiences of other successful writers can be thought-provoking, humorous and maybe just what you need to get the words on the page. About once every hour this account posts a new quote or writing tip from a famous writer. Just knowing that other writers go through similar struggles and successes means a lot, which is what the AdvicetoWriters feed can help you realize.
— Jon Winokur (@AdviceToWriters) May 24, 2016
Sometimes a dose of cute is all you need to get your day back on track. With WeRateDogs, people send in pictures of their dogs and then those dogs get rated on a scale from 1 to 10. You’ll learn about breeds like the Butternut Splishnsplash and the Tropicana Floofboop. It’s adorably informative from start to finish.
This is Lola. She’s a Butternut Splishnsplash. They are known to be ferocious af. 12/10 would absolutely still pet pic.twitter.com/adQt5a6TZU
— WeRateDogs (@dog_rates) April 28, 2016
A little nonsense never hurt anyone, right? And the KidsWriteJokes account has more than enough nonsense to go around. This feed is the product of joke submissions gone wrong and as the name suggests, they were all written by kids.
what is the size of the biggest shark in the world?
dive inside water and you will know
— Kids Write Jokes (@KidsWriteJokes) May 6, 2016
When Work Bores You
Doing research for work can get old. Sometimes you need to take a break and learn for fun. If you want some educational entertainment, these will do the trick. And you might find inspiration for a future article while doing it!
Focusing on contemporary art and artists, the goal of The Art Assignment project is to make art accessible for all audiences, teaching art history along the way. There’s opportunities for hands-on learning as followers share their own artwork as part of assignment challenges. Just like writing, art can inspire new ideas and viewpoints.
— The Art Assignment (@artassignment) May 12, 2016
Henry Reich wants everyone to be excited about science. The videos he shares on the Minutes Physics account are his own creations as well as those from other educational creators. Have you ever wondered whether you should walk or run in the rain, or what happens when a helicopter engine fails? The Minute Physics feed can teach you all that and more.
What if you went back in time and killed your grandfather? Here’s the SOLUTION to the Grandfather Paradox: https://t.co/vi3wbMNlnU
— Henry Reich (@minutephysics) May 13, 2016
Fun facts and trivia abound on this Twitter feed. Need to brush up on pop culture for trivia night? Then this is the feed for you. It might seem like an odd combination of every school subject and beyond with clickbait-esque headlines, but that’s the draw of Mental Floss: They want to help you explore everything!
— Mental Floss (@mental_floss) May 22, 2016
Even when money is a little tight, you can still travel the world thanks to Atlas Obscura. They share pictures, articles and facts about “the world’s hidden wonders.” Their posts evoke a sense of curiosity and discovery as they give people a peek into neat and fascinating places on this planet and others.
— Atlas Obscura (@atlasobscura) May 23, 2016
When You Can’t Get Sentences to Flow
While the only way to get better at writing is to write, you likely need some language guidance along the way. Keep the following Twitter accounts on your shortlist—and don’t worry; there’s nothing wrong with being a word nerd!
Whether you need help with your commas and hyphens or want to find just the right word to add to your work, there’s a tip posted every day to improve your writing. Each tweet links to a short blog post, and a quick scroll through shows you just how much you might have left to learn about language.
3 Examples of How Semicolons Strengthen a Sentence: Semicolons help clarify construction of sentences. Using … https://t.co/T795sgKUYg
— Daily Writing Tips (@writing_tips) May 13, 2016
Expand your vocabulary, discover the origin of words or phrases, and think about language in new ways by following Oxford Dictionaries. You might be surprised what you will learn…
— Oxford Dictionaries (@OxfordWords) May 21, 2016
But don’t limit yourself to just one dictionary! Merriam-Webster provides followers with other insights into word and language.
A century ago, writers on language told people to avoid ‘well’ for the same reasons that some condemn ‘like’ today. https://t.co/z4dgpfuj1W
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) May 22, 2016
Grammarly’s writing app helps you improve your writing, and their Twitter account hopes to do the same on a smaller scale. They share motivational thoughts and quotes, spelling and vocabulary tips, and, of course, all sorts of general writing advice.
— Grammarly (@Grammarly) May 20, 2016
When “Hanger” Calls
No matter how much you want to write or even need to write, you can’t work on an empty stomach. From quick snacks to extensive meals, these accounts will help you satisfy your hunger.
With new recipes shared every week, the SORTED community thrives on interaction and, at times, “crowd sourcing” to create the best version of a dish. If food and cooking intimidates you, SORTED is the place to start. You’ll find their recipe videos as well as links to blog posts with food and cooking tips.
— SORTEDfood (@sortedfood) May 23, 2016
There’s a good chance you’ve seen these cooking videos on your Facebook timeline. And with the Tasty Twitter account, you can find many of those videos in one place. Each “how-to” video lasts about one minute, and is accompanied only by upbeat tunes, and every tweet includes a recipe link as well. Talk about quick and delicious.
— Tasty (@tasty) May 20, 2016
For the more experienced writer chefs, the America’s Test Kitchen account might be more up your alley. ATK provides food news, recipes, kitchen gadget advice, cooking tips and more. The goal of the Test Kitchen crew is “to develop foolproof recipes that work every time.” Tired of experimenting with dishes? Let ATK take over and reap the benefits of their work.
— America’sTestKitchen (@TestKitchen) May 6, 2016
What are some of your must-follow Twitter accounts? Share your favorites in the comments below, or Tweet us @writersdo.