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Today, we’ll have reading recommendations, inspiration, and writing advice from Laura Gao and Ernest Wilkins. We’ll hear from Maangchi about her newsletter, and we’ll introduce you to the work of Twitter’s Curation Team.
read + recommendations
Each week, a writer will join us to answer some questions about what they like to read.
This is Laura Gao, an author and illustrator. Her debut graphic novel, Messy Roots: Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American, is out on March 8th (that’s tomorrow, people). She’s also used to work at Twitter, so we’re thrilled to have her back.
📸: Laura
📸: Laura
What’s the thing you’ve bookmarked and are excited to read?
Four Aunties and a Wedding, the sequel to Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Sutanto.
What’s the thing you read when you want to remember how to write?
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong or The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.
What’s the thing you read when you need to feel something?
A lot of manga and webcomics: Naruto, Haikyuu, Cursed Princess Club, Yotsuba. 
What newsletters have you continued to happily subscribe to?
The Pudding, a data visualization journal. Also, ND Stevenson and their partner Molly Ostertag’s comics.
Is there a thread you love that you come back to (or finds its way back to you)? (if so, why)?
I found my little bro’s Twitter account once, and he Tweeted word-for-word, “my sister really the goat”. I don’t remember the context anymore but it always brightens up any bad day I have.
What’s your favorite This Is A Great Day On Twitter day (one of those days when you couldn’t stop reading the timeline)?
The day my comic, The Wuhan I Know, went viral on Twitter and everyone started speaking out about their own experiences being Wuhanese, Chinese, or generally Asian during the pandemic. Felt like I found solidarity with so many strangers online.
newsletter time
Every other week, we’ll include an established Revue newsletter (established = at least a year old or 60+ issues). 
Maangchi's letter
We asked Maangchi to offer some tips for keeping a newsletter going, in 280 characters or less:
I love the interactivity I have with my readers over comments, emails, and Tweets. I talk to them directly, listen to them, and connect them to each other. As long as I have them I never have any problem keeping my newsletter going, it’s always an ongoing conversation and lots of fun!
write + inspiration
Each week, a writer will join us to answer some questions and give their perspective on writing.
Our second guest is Ernest Wilkins, a writer, content strategist, and marketing lead for social audio at Twitter. He runs Gameday Grails, a site that celebrates vintage sports culture and sells throwback gear, as well as OfficeHours Mag, a newsletter on Twitter where he writes about the intersection of culture and business. 
📸: Justin Paat
📸: Justin Paat
What’s a piece of writing advice that’s held true for you?
“The average American has a readability level equivalent to a 7th or 8th grader. Write accordingly.” I can’t stand people who use 1000 words to say something that sounds good. Just get to it already.
If you want to be a writer, ignore growing your audience or anything publisher-related until you write and ship 100 things. It’s what I tell my mentees and anyone looking to start. Just get through the fear and the insecurity and the nagging sense that people are going to make fun of you. Doing anything 100 times breaks the romance of it very quickly — and honestly, after about 15 of them, you’ll know if it’s for you or not. 
What’s the thing you read when you want to remember how to write?
I hate this question. Well, I don’t HATE it, but I hate how it made me feel the first time I read it. I have a lot of insecurity about my writing these days. I don’t believe I’m a “good writer” using whatever metrics people use and I don’t know if I ever will be, but my strategy to get there is simple: Keep doing it and see what happens.
What’s a writing strategy you’ve developed that’s worked for you?
I honestly don’t have one. I wish I did. I recently got diagnosed with ADHD, and before that, my writing style was… erratic at best. Now I’ve found what works is just to file things into giant Evernotes. Then, when the moon aligns and the stars enter the Eastern Hemisphere, I get inspired and just bang out pages until I run out of things to say. Then I immediately walk away from whatever I wrote and then go back hours later or the next day to make cuts, depending on deadlines. 
Who do you think really knows how to do a newsletter?
Folu’s newsletter, unsnackable, is excellent because she is one of the last People With Taste we have in this godforsaken nation. I’m probably the biggest Dan Runcie Stan walking the Earth. I have never missed an issue of A Media Operator. And Ana Andjelic’s newsletter is the only thing that I read that makes me go, “Man, I wanna do THAT”. 
What do you do with all the writing ideas that pop into your head? Where do they go?
Tweet them. It’s the best vetting system I’ve found for sourcing public opinion on a topic. If it goes, I dig into it.  
As for ideas, I’m not kidding when I say that on average I have three to six BIG ideas a day for stories. I write them down in an Evernote and forget about them until the next time I’m thinking about that particular topic. I don’t recommend this method.  
How would you describe your relationship with your readers? (especially if it’s evolved)
I get emotional thinking about my readers. I love hearing from them. I worry about them. I want them to be successful in business and in life. I also fear them. I worry they’re going to hate my stuff. After I left Substack last year, I really had a crisis of confidence where I worried that they only wanted the information and not my personal take on it. It was a hard time because we essentially created a publishing business by accident. Now, I can’t wait to reintroduce them to OfficeHours Mag and what I’ve been working on since we last saw each other. It’s gonna be fun.
Each week, in addition to hearing from writers, we’ll also give an update about what we’re doing for readers and writers at Twitter.
Ever wonder how Twitter highlights the most impactful trends, events, and stories to keep you in the loop? Meet our Curation team
The humans of the Curation team contextualize the things that unfold on Twitter. They make it easier for people to get the most out of the platform, regardless of which accounts they follow. Every time you see a description of a trending topic, that’s people making sure you have the context before you dive in. For more complex issues, they curate a collection of Tweets in a Moment to show the important details. 
In short, they help you make the most of your time on Twitter. 💙
wrap up
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