Why Writing Matters

Do you love to write, or does filling a page with words sound like a total drag? If you answered the latter, maybe you just haven’t considered how wonderful writing really is. 

Good writing is good thinking — that’s really all there is to it. Our thoughts start out as vague, shapeless forms. You know what you’re thinking, but inside your head thoughts can exist as any number of overlapping ideas, feelings and memories. Writing is just the process of using words to put what you have inside your head onto paper in a permanent fashion. person writing

Once you have your thoughts on paper, you don’t have to hold them in your head anymore. You’ve freed up space to concentrate on the thought in more detail, or you can leave it and come back to it later. This is especially important because, although we can have extremely detailed thoughts, we also have short attention spans. If you’re exploring your thoughts and you don’t write anything down, it’s like you’re grocery shopping without a cart. The more stuff you stack into your arms, the more likely something might fall away without your noticing.

Writing is important in order to completely express ourselves. If you’d like to really break down a single subject and analyze it from every angle with a friend, without missing anything, you’ll both need to know how to write! For example, think of the last in-depth conversation you had. Even if it went on for hours and hours, there’s a good chance there were points you didn’t get to make or subjects you had to abandon early because of the natural ebb and flow of speech. If you had had the same conversation through a series of letters, however, you would be free to address everything you wanted while staying focused on just a subject or two. Letters come with an added benefit: there’s a physical record of the whole conversation!

When you write, you don’t need to make a chore out of it. Take your time and let the thoughts drip lazily off your pen if need be. Don’t be surprised if you suddenly find your hand struggling to keep up with your brain! Once you have a sketch of your idea, you can add or change words and rearrange ideas. Soon, you’ll be clarifying points by providing the examples you have in your head. Finally, you can use grammar and punctuation to clean it all up and make it easy to share with other people.

The more often you put your thoughts into words, the easier it becomes to articulate them with accuracy and immediacy. You may soon find that you hardly need to re-arrange things at all!