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Writing is Thinking: Learning to Write with Confidence

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There is a lot here as an overview of an entire writing process. Even though it’s a lot, I think it’s a good read for those that, like me, want to write better. I particularly like the beginning:

Writing is essentially a robust tool that enables us to clarify and communicate our thoughts. While writing, you are forcing yourself to think critically and exercise parts of your brain that are typically on auto-pilot. As Einstein once said, If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” In attempting to formulate a written piece, you are going through the exercise of transforming vague ideas into clarified concepts externally, but also internally.

To me this is the barrier. I’ll get a headline or topic in mind, but I need to create the space to clarify my thoughts. It’s not the writing that is difficult, it’s the thinking.

Related, this is why I despise bullets for communicating things of substance. Bullets, unlike actual writing, do not require you to clarify your thoughts. You simply state random blips, and assume that will be understood, which it often is not.

Posted on October 8, 2019

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