In some bizarre Inception-like essay, I am thinking about writing by writing about writing as thinking. 🥳
Although I started out my career as a copywriter, writing has evolved from the core of my role to a tool in my arsenal. When I interact with leaders of any kind, I tend to stress upon writing as an influential tool, not least because it helps them think through their own ideas and communicate them effectively to others.
It’s timely because there’s a text renaissance
We’re breaking away from the blogging monoculture, instead leveraging enablers like technology and the cozy web to bring writing back as an organic thinking tool (alongside doodling, free conversation, etc.).
Writing is one of the most organic thinking tools, forcing you to take stock of your ideas, articulate them in a definitive way, and spot holes in arguments that your mind would have glossed over. If I were being pedantic, I’d also say rewriting sharpens thinking because it calls for open-mindedness to meet contradictions and gaps in logic head-on, and a sharp scalpel to cut out extra words. Writing becomes a “cultivator and an enabler of higher order thinking”
It’s also a great step towards, which takes a lot more into account (esp. cultural, political, and historical context) than just words on a page).
This is a function of writing as an organic thinking tool, because transcribing “what I have in mind” into intelligent communication influences novel ways of communicating.
The generation effect
Writing improves memory — via the generation effect
Thought: it looks like all of these factor in drawing a connection between creativity and writing — jury’s apparently out on whether people become creative through writing or if they write because they are creative.