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 renaissanceA Text Renaissance visit underway in online text with the (re)surfacing of the newsletter, the networked thought tool and the digital garden. Incidentally, these both ways to reclaim the web and a possible example of [[ hegelian dialectics ]]. But that’s for another day.

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”Education and learning to think visit a way of creating persuasive arguments.

It’s also a great step towards [[ critical reading ]], which takes a lot more into account (esp. cultural, political, and historical context) than just words on a page).

Lexical capacity

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 effectOn interpreting the effects of repetition: Solving a problem versus remembering a solution visit — and conceptual learning by creating deeper connections at a neurological level. In this way, it strengthens internal and external scaffolding that supports complex thinking.

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.