MORE IDEAS FROM THE ARTICLE
‘Writing’ is the formal processes that turns nebulous ideas into a concrete proposal that can be assessed without the author's intervention.
...Writing and thinking have always been a sort of ‘chicken and egg’ issue: which comes first – do I read and think and then start writing, or will the thinking only really come when the writing happens? Or do I just write it all down, and then read, think and edit?
What most people don’t realize is that it’s often not actually the writing that is difficult. It’s the thinking behind the writing.
“Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That's why it's so hard." - David McCullough
Writing is essentially a robust tool that enables us to clarify and communicate our thoughts. While writing, you are forcing yourself to think critically and exercise parts of your brain that are typically on auto-pilot. As Einstein once said, “If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.”
Formatting with paragraphs, an introduction and a conclusion is not the central component of good writing.
The underlying purpose behind writing is to communicate information and is composed fundamentally of ideas.
Try grabbing your notebook as soon as your alarm goes off and writing for a few minutes before your feet even hit the ground.
This way you know it will get done, and the activity first thing in the morning may help wake your brain up.