Writing Equals Thinking
Self-Discovery Through The Joy of Writing
The Connection Between Writing and Thinking: The process of writing reveals our thoughts, first to ourselves and then to others. Writing allows us to slow down our thinking and consciously catch our thoughts as they pop in and out of our minds. Good writing starts with clear and logical outlines. Phrases such as, "for instance," or "for example," are needed as we back up our opinions and observations. If one wants to be taken seriously, one must present accurate facts. And no preaching!
The ability to write depends on the knowledge of the mechanics of writing: proper grammar and punctuation and correct spelling. But, don't let this requirement cause you to hesitate. The ability to write well is acquired over a long period of time. In fact, learning how to write and express our thoughts so that others will enjoy reading them is a never-ending quest.
The Science of Writing: The tedious process of editing takes most of our time and attention. In our demand for clarity, creativity and style, we usually end up repeatedly correcting and refining what we have written. Afterwards, it is important to allow others to read and respond to our work, not only for the sake of pinpointing all the mistakes we overlooked, but also for the sake of providing valuable insights regarding the content of our writing.
The Art of Writing: Creative writing requires that we tune into our own style of thinking and feeling. We improve by practicing. In other words, to become good writers, we must write. Analyzing the techniques and styles of other writers and authors, of course, is vital toward increasing our own writing skills and creativity. Keep in mind, however, that for every one hour we read, we should write for two.
Early on, we can encourage children to express themselves by simply handing them their own journals. Journal writing gives children the opportunity to write down whatever is going on in their hearts and minds. They enjoy recording and discussing their reactions to daily events and revealing their hopes and dreams for the future. Writing freely in this way helps them tune into their thoughts and memories and also helps them develop their imaginations. Through continued journal writing, teens begin expressing their feelings, opinions and observations in deeper and more accurate ways. Almost effortlessly, their abilities to write and communicate improve. Children and teens who love to write, will excel in school and who can argue that those who excel in school, will also excel in life?
Free writing, according to inspiration, is a great way for adults to provide themselves therapeutic outlets or creative endeavors. Whether writing in journals or on loose notebook pages, its always good to slow down the inward flow of thoughts to become more aware and conscious of them. Putting pencil or pen to paper is the best way to write, whether engaged in free-writing or the serious work of composing letters, research papers or manuscripts. Composing on the keyboard, as we all do these days, is quicker and easier, but maybe too quick and easy!
Q. Would you say that writers are very aware people?
A. I would.
Q. Would you say they are very humble?
A. Well, no preening allowed ...