Writing is often promoted as a way of self-expression. It is true. Self-expression is a great gift that writing gives us. There is another great gift writing gives us that is not as celebrated: clarity. Writing helps us clarify our ideas. In order to express our ideas, we first need to know what they are. Writing helps nurture an idea. The idea usually starts as a seed or a little bud, then comes to fruition, to full clarity, through writing.
Writing is of course dependent on language, but writing is not just about language. To write well you also need to organize your thoughts, arrange them in a logical sequence. It is a good tool to use to ensure you yourself understand your ideas. Not just a tool to express yourself to others.
Writing also fosters creativity. Most people describe themselves as un-creative. However, I think everyone is creative in some way. Most people have not usually tried to create or given up at the first hurdle. The act of writing itself feeds our creative spirit. When we start writing, we don’t always know where it is going, but if you stay with it, you will be rewarded with something. It might be a story, it might be a message you needed to hear, or both. And sometimes it is clarity around our feelings on a certain topic.
Once we have clarity of thought and emotion, we become much more powerful.
Clarity is a powerful asset.
Once you have clarity of your emotions, you can start dealing with them. You can focus on that which makes you feel positive and get to the bottom of what is making you feel negative; and thus take the first step, which is usually a leap, towards removing it. Or perhaps your emotions just need your attention; they might need you to acknowledge them, so they can go on their way, and you can go on yours.
I have been writing to myself ever since I was a little girl. I assumed most people did the same. I later found out that this was not the case. People come to clarity of thought and emotion in different ways.
Given the power of this specific method, and the personal benefits I have reaped out of it, I would like to urge you to try it out. I like to create a certain mood when I write. It could be something as easy as going to a nice quiet café with an enticing notebook, or waking up just as dawn is breaking to watch the sunrise.
One last perk I would like to add, you just might find that you are also enjoying yourself.
I would love to hear from you. Please let me know if you found this helpful and/or inspiring.