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Why spend the time writing? For me, there are four reasons why I do so:
- To process my thoughts
Just as some people are verbal processors, I am sometimes a written processor. Getting thoughts on paper allows me to clarify them and distill my perspective. With writing, I can argue with myself. I can synthesize disparate ideas. I can consider the implications of different scenarios and decide which is best. In brief, writing gives my thinking superpowers.
- To remember things better
I find it easy to forget things, but writing helps solidify them in my mind. What were the last four books you read and the plot lines or theses of them? It’s probably hard for us to remember in detail. If we write a summary about each of them, we’ll dramatically increase our chances of remembering.
In today’s society, we are bombarded with information. The key becomes how to actually retain it. In my experience, writing helps me to do this better.
- To teach others
When you see that light bulb go off in their mind and their face lights up, I get excited. The same thing happens through writing, albeit virtually. To see people engage with a new idea, learn or improve a skill, or get a question answered is very satisfying. I also have this desire to pass along what I’ve learned; it’s sort of a way to pay it forward.
- I enjoy it
The process of writing is enjoyable. All of the above reasons contribute to the enjoyment as well. Simply put, it’s a pleasurable activity for me.
- Bonus: Following
Bonus one: If the writing is compelling enough, you may gain a following. Regardless of whether that happens or not, it’s still worth it for the above reasons.
What is something you spend time doing that isn’t commonly done by others?