Writing clarifies thoughts

May be it is an old idea; but, recently, I did find that trying to write a neat description of a particular aspect of our research clarified our thoughts and helped us understand our own work in a better manner. So, I really liked this piece which, among other things, also tells you that writing clarifies thoughts (via Shencottah).


4 Responses to “Writing clarifies thoughts”

  1. Abi Says:

    Thanks for that link!

    I’m sure you have seen this piece by that great essayist Paul Graham. Some 50 % into the piece, you find this:

    “… An essay is something you write to try to figure something out.

    Figure out what? You don’t know yet. And so you can’t begin with a thesis, because you don’t have one, and may never have one. An essay doesn’t begin with a statement, but with a question. In a real essay, you don’t take a position and defend it. You notice a door that’s ajar, and you open it and walk in to see what’s inside.

    If all you want to do is figure things out, why do you need to write anything, though? Why not just sit and think? …”

    He’s talking about free-form essay, but I think it applies to all writing.

  2. Abi Says:

    Sorry, I forgot to add the link:


  3. Guru Says:


    Thanks for the link; I think I have read it long back; and, reading it again was a pleasure!

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