1 year ago 💘 for day 12, 2019 with 347 words.

On Writing

I was talking to a friend the other day about the pros and cons of long-form and short-form writing. I think it'd be an interesting topic to explore. (This will be more like thinking out loud since I'm in a rush and typing on a phone!)

As we all know, Twitter has a char limit of 280. The benefit of it is well observed. A maximum char limit pushes you to be more succinct. And if you do want to express big ideas that 280 char can't contain, you can write them in threads. Thread is great because it's easy to read, you can expect each tweet to be a subsection of the big idea. So in general, short form writing is loved, especially in consuming information.

So what's good about long form writing then? It’s good for the writer! With long form, you can make yourself space to dump out big chunks of thoughts and navigate as you wish. For me I think it is the fact that you don’t have to make a point. You don’t have to make one point, but many, interconnected points — build a imagery, a mind map, a vibrant argument. Long form writing is the best way to declutter your mind. Long form writing gets you way further than just thinking in your head because there’s a push for coherence. And yes, we’re not writing for a social media platform, it’s more for yourself. It doesn’t have to have an audience.

There is no one better than the other, it depends on what you want to accomplish. I think both long and short form writing have their own beauty.

PS: small note for self on content quality, I am well aware that the content at the moment is just touching surface of things. I would love to devote more thoughts and research for a piece later. I have a topic in mind but will have to wait later until I have more time. For now, this is purely for my own practice.

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