The value of writing: Thinking more clearly and creatively

According to a recent post by John Byrne in the FastCompany Weblog, one of the most overlooks skills in business is writing, which is important because it transforms our thoughts into tangible form, forces us to confront them and to think through them more clearly: “What do you think is the most overlooked skill in […]

According to a recent post by John Byrne in the FastCompany Weblog, one of the most overlooks skills in business is writing, which is important because it transforms our thoughts into tangible form, forces us to confront them and to think through them more clearly:

“What do you think is the most overlooked skill in business? According to entrepreneur Sidney Harman, it’s writing. I have to agree. It’s not merely about communication. More importantly, it’s about thinking in a more disciplined way. When you put words on a sheet of paper, or a computer screen for that matter, you immediately impose your own analysis on what you’ve written. It’s concrete. It matters.

As Harman puts it in his new book, Mind Your Own Business, ‘It helps clarify one’s thinking. It improves all other means of communication by enhancing vocabulary and promoting the ability to formulate thoughts in coherent and creative ways. It is a first cousin to public speaking because it helps frame the material in a fashion that makes it explicable and communicable. That is essential in public speaking.’”

Writing, then, is essential to the creative process, because it makes our thoughts and ideas concrete, and helps us to clarify, modify and organize them in powerful ways. Well said!

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