There are various benefits and reasons for writing. I'm going to focus on a few, primarily writing to learn and "show off."
First, let's define exactly what I mean with this type of writing. I'm talking about the type that purely focuses on your current and potential interests. This is writing designed to help you learn, so there's no requirement on the type of tone you need. Be as conversational as you want, as long as you're consistently writing.
"Well, why should I start doing this?" I'm glad you asked! I'm going to explain two benefits to you.
The first is that it'll help you learn. You will better understand concepts while increasing mental clarity. This comes with revising and editing what you write. While editing my work, I notice the bad wording and use of filler words like "just" or "like." I also use extra verbs, for example, I'll write "Writing starts to help you think better" rather than "Writing helps you think better." It reflects how I think and bleeds into how I speak. I'm not even close to being a good writer, but I'm already seeing progress simply by the decreasing amount of obvious errors I make.
When you think about a concept purely in your head, your brain tends to skip over critical connections because of its speed. So by writing and explaining a concept, even if only for yourself, you are forced to think through the concept in its entirety. You develop a deeper understanding of what you're learning. Clarifying those thoughts helps for just about everything. If you are stressed about something, start writing it out. Break down your problem and dissect it. We tend to bottle up our problems without clearly understanding what is causing us stress. To go meta, even with this post I'm forcing myself to think through why writing is beneficial rather than simply saying "it helps you learn better."
The second benefit I wanted to mention is that writing builds a portfolio for you. Initially, you may only write for yourself, which is perfectly fine. But as you increase your consistency and confidence, you should starting sharing what you learn online. Why? Because you'll be opening yourself up to feedback so you learn from varying perspectives, you'll be helping others learn since there are people who have less expertise than you, and you'll now have a public portfolio for people to look at. If you really admire someone on Twitter and they check your profile, they'll be more inclined to talk to you if they see an impressive account that tweets insightful content. It helps you build relationships with people you wouldn't have previously had access to.
"Alright well, how do I start?" Another great question! Here's how I break it down:
This might take time to see progress for some. It may be easier for others, but if you start now, it'll be easier to reap the rewards later. If you see the value in writing, imagine how much improvement you would've seen if you started 3 years ago. Now imagine how much progress you'll make in 3 years. Start today and help your future self out a lot.
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