1. Forces you to think about your thoughts.
Humans are the only animal that can think about their thoughts. This is a weird benefit and often we don’t know what to do with this. Writing helps with this effort. Writing forces you to think about your thoughts and how to express them in a way in which a reader can easily absorb them. It’s like exercise for your brain… and exercise is good.
2. Forces you to become creative.
In order to write, you have to have something to write about. You have to have something to say! What are you going to say? Who knows? Only you know, and if you don’t know what to write about then you need to think about what to write about. You need to be creative and come up with ideas. Again this is exercise for your brain… and exercise is good.
The best way to get your idea across with writing is to Focus. You want to focus your thoughts so you can have a clear and concise message. You want to cut all the stuff that is not needed in getting your point across to your reader.
A famous writer (I forget who) once said, “The easiest thing in the world is to not write.” I agree. I hate writing.
I have attention deficit disorder, I’m easily distracted. Writing is hard for me. It’s hard to stay in one place and try to complete something as easy as a blog post. But I have a blog and the only way anything gets posted on the blog is if I write it.
I have to force myself to start writing, then I have to force myself to finish the darn thing and at some point and post it on my blog. This is a huge pain in the ass for me. I’d rather be rummaging through my refrigerator looking for something to eat. But I have to exercise discipline and force myself to write, edit, and post.
Writing forces you to learn. When you start writing you will most likely create garbage. You will want to create something better than the garbage you start out with. So you will force yourself to learn writing and to try a lot and to get better at the craft. This takes work and continuous learning.
You will also notice what your audience likes or hates. This will help you to refine your writing and the way you deliver your message. You’ll want to get better so you will learn.
To write well you need to read a lot. There are no good writers who were not good readers as well. You will need to read far and wide to expose your mind to different styles and ideas.
Writing forces you to act. You have to publish your work. You have to turn in an article, publish a blog post, or finish a book. Your work will never be perfect but you have to put it out there.
These are a few ways in which writing will benefit you. If you take out the word writing and replace it with any project or goal you are trying to accomplish, these skills you learn from writing will help you on your way.
If you are trying to achieve a goal, or create a product, or even climb a mountain, you will first need to think about what you are trying to achieve. You’ll need to map out a strategy. You will need to focus and come up with creative ways to reach your goal. You’ll need discipline to stick to reaching steps that will move you closer to your goals. You’ll need to read and learn about the obstacles in your path and finally you will need to act to take the steps needed to get you where you want to go.
The benefits of the writing process are applicable in many different areas of your life. It’s really about getting work done.
And another thing, once you finish your article or book or create and launch your product, you immediately need to start to work on the next thing.
Once you finish your work it, the process has only just begun.
What do you think? Did I leave anything out? Are there other benefits to writing that you can apply to the rest of life? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org