Writing is a skill of the mind. When a person begins to write it causes their thought processes to work differently to when they are speaking.
Your thinking and ability to develop a coherent thought is being practiced – this is why most people discover that when they have something important to write, like a formal letter or email, a story to tell, or even when they begin to write a journal, it seems difficult.
If your mind is sharp, focused and alert, then you will live more effectively in daily life. Writing develops this thinking skill.
Writing requires Focused Attention.
When we have conversations we ramble, hum and ha, splutter out words and correct what we said, constantly. We can’t do this when we write, otherwise it will disrupt the reader’s flow of thought.
I’ve noticed across social media that many beginning writers seem to think that because they learned to read and write in school, they have the ability to write a story. They imagine that they could write a piece of copy just like that, to turn their hand to any type of writing and expect that what they learned in school will serve as the basis for great writing in all areas of life. This is far from the truth. As most people discover when they decide they want to write a book, or become the next great copy writer, it turns out to be a mess.
Writing takes a lot of practice before it becomes a usable skill that you can rely on professionally.
In business, there is an enormous need for new written content, most of what gets written is dribble, and doesn’t really work.
Find an Angle
Most dedicated writers who strive for originality in their work, learn to rely on their own point of view and use the power of concentrated focus on their topic to express an angled point of view with precision and clarity.
In other words, because they have practiced how to write, have educated themselves about their topic, they can express ideas more clearly. This leads to readers enjoying their work.
Now, think about this, if you could think clearly, could focus on a topic with laser like attention, you would be much more effective in conversations and general everyday life.
Your ability to weigh up ideas and business offers would be more efficient, and you would trust your own thinking about any subject more than the ramblings of people who claim to know something better than you.
Your ability to discern between the truth in words and the logic of a conversation increases in power.
Interestingly, a good writer is always searching for the words that create a clear explanation to the reader – this the hard part.
Just like Ernest Hemingway said, “All you have to do is write one true sentence, write the truest sentence that you know,” this is only possible if your own mind is focused and clear of all the worry.
Express the Truth of an Idea
Writing focuses the thoughts . If what you are about to write is important, you will look for the best words that express the truth of an idea. If you discover a truthful expression about the topic then you will be able to write another sentence that logically has truth in it, too.
Imagine, if you train your writer’s mind to work with the high quality of truthful expressions, then you will naturally think and talk this way in your everyday life.
The truth that Ernest Hemingway mentioned is not referring to Biblical truths, or some religious ideal, but truths about what you see and feel about an experience in life.
Put Effort into Your Work
Most people don’t bother developing their mind. They spend a lot of their time worrying and fretting over small things in life. Developing your thoughts to seek and demand a real perception of an event in life, leads to an effective human being who is capable of living with clarity and truthfulness in their actions.