Best 699 Quotes & Tweets on Writing

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5 good minutes of: -pushups is a solid workout -sprints will leave you winded -writing can deliver 1 good page -reading can finish an insightful article -meditation can reset your mood You don’t need more time—just a little focused action.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Lasting novels don’t come from literature departments. Successful businesses don’t come from business schools. Scientific revolutions don’t come from research universities. Get your education, then get moving. Find the loners tinkering at the edge.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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Sing the song that only you can sing, write the book that only you can write, build the product that only you can build... live the life that only you can live.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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Writing is often the process by which you realize that you do not understand what you are talking about.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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Business writing 101. ∙ Shorten your sentences. ∙ Make your point fast. ∙ Shorten the introduction. ∙ Use simple words. ∙ Add graphs and statistics. ∙ No buzzwords. ∙ Use more periods, fewer commas. ∙ Write for skimming, not deep reading. ∙ Bold the main takeaways.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

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Best way to learn faster: Have a stake in the outcome. To learn about food, cook for friends. To learn about an idea, publish an article about it. To learn about stocks, invest in the stock market. Risk awakens our learning muscles like a splash of cold water.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

7

Write tweets, read books.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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How to tweet: 1. Write the essay. 2. Write the tweet summarizing the essay. 3. Delete the essay.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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The two skills of modern business: Storytelling and spreadsheets. Know the numbers. Craft the narrative.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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The trick to writing well is to... - take long sentences and make them short - take confusing ideas and make them clear - take unrelated concepts and make them related ...without losing the main idea in the process.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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To improve, compare little things. -marketing strategies -exercise technique -writing tactics To be miserable, compare big things. -career path -marriage -net worth Comparison is the thief of joy when applied broadly, but the teacher of skills when applied narrowly.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

12

3 tips for better writing: 1) Double the examples. 2) Half the words. 3) One big idea.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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To maximize distribution, minimize the message. • Books - blog posts • Podcasts - snippets • Blog posts - tweetstorms • Use stand-alone tweets in tweetstorms • Tweet sparingly - high signal, low noise Readers have options - respect their time.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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Write to learn, not to teach.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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Many people assume they are bad at writing because it is hard. This is like assuming you are bad at weightlifting because the weight is heavy. Writing is useful because it is hard. It's the effort that goes into writing a clear sentence that leads to better thinking.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Learning to write is much more important than learning to code.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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Writing is the process by which you realize that you do not understand what you are talking about.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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Learn to write. If you're a designer, you write a lot. If you're an engineer, you write. If you're a founder, you write. If you're a VC, a lawyer, a painter, a podcaster, an accountant, a comedian… you write. Learn to write!

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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Reading is like fresh food for the mind. The consumption fills you with wisdom. Writing is like exercise for the mind. The effort leads to stronger ideas. Meditation is like fasting for the mind. The practice clears your mental digestive tract.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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If you’re writing for followers, your followers are worthless.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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Don’t write to sound smart. Write to be useful. If you’re useful over a long time period, you will end up looking smart anyway.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Everyone who writes well reads a lot.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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You think you know something, until you try writing about it.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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How to be a better writer: -write about what fascinates you -make one point per sentence -use stories to make your point -cut extra words like “really” and “very” -read the whole thing out loud -post publicly (you’ll try harder when you know others will read it)

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Before you ask for readers, write the article you wish you could read. Before you ask for the sale, create the product you wish you had. Before you need support, be the supportive friend. Before you need love, be the loving partner. Always give value before you ask for value.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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If you want to spread an idea, write an essay that makes it easy to understand. If you want to spread an action, build a tool that makes it easy to do.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Things you can improve: - Your attitude - Memory - Discipline - Creativity - Time management - Stamina - Writing ability - Charisma - Happiness Things you can’t: - The past

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

28

Writing is the antidote to confusion.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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If you wish you would take something more seriously, do it publicly. Publishing an article pressures you to think clearly. Competing in a race pressures you to train consistently. Presenting on any topic pressures you to learn it. Social pressure forces you to up your game.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

30

You can launch yourself into the center of your favorite industry with a year's worth of deep research and a month spent writing one really great post.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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Reading is the inhale, writing is the exhale. Breathe.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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Things that take longer than you expect: - Building a company - Writing a book - Taking a roadtrip - Saving money Things that take less time than you expect:

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

33

Write like your audience is smart and busy.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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One learns to write by writing, not by reading. One learns to paint by painting, not by watching. One learns to build by building, not by analyzing.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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Law of the Internet: If somebody recommends an article that’s more than 10 years old, chances are it’s gonna be outstanding

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

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Improvement is an endless game. You can finish: -building a profitable company -writing a bestseller -winning a championship You can never finish: -perfecting your craft -learning all you can -maximizing your potential The way to win is to master that which can never be won.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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If you want to improve your writing, start by becoming a better note-taker. Save only the best notes: Don't hoard information. Save your top 5-10% of ideas only. That way, you can trust that everything in your note-taking system is high-quality.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

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3 tips for getting started as a writer 1. Publish on a schedule. Consistency develops ability. 2. Share your writing publicly. Writing is a magnet. It attracts like-minded people. 3. Write about what fascinates you. You don't need to be an expert. Curiosity leads to expertise.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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What can you write that no one else can write? Write that. What can you say that no one else can say? Say that. What can you build that no one else can build? Build that.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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One well-written blog post can take you farther than the most impressive CV.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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Better to find a new audience than to write for the audience.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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Writing reveals what thinking conceals.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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One of the most underrated career skills that isn’t really taught anywhere is editing your own writing. Great writing is actually re-writing. Simplifying paragraphs. Clarifying key points. Double-checking for typos. Good writing will impress in any job.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Worse writers than you have written and published books. Worse founders than you have built successful businesses. If they can do it, you can too.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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Put a little ambiguity in your tweet to give the reader a subconscious puzzle to unlock.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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Let’s set the record straight. Attention spans aren’t falling. Opportunity costs are just rising. Big, big difference. People love long, in-depth content. But it needs to be really, really good.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

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The pain of writing is actually the pain of improving your thinking

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

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How to make a really good painting: make a few hundred really bad paintings. How to write a really good article: write a few dozen really bad articles. How to succeed: fail a lot.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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Three skills that pay lifetime dividends: • Being able to effectively sell • Being able to effectively write • Being able to effectively public speak

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

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People think that if they consume enough information, they'll eventually know enough to write well, but nobody has ever eaten their way to becoming a Michelin Star chef. You have to actually cook.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell