In a recent post, I wrote about the difference between opinions and ideas. I’ve been thinking a lot about that since, and have decided that writing is a useful tool for turning opinions into ideas…and even INSIGHT.
Whether you’re an author or not, writing helps you get to know yourself (a very daunting task since we are so complicated). My college professor said:
“You don’t know any more than what you can write.”
Yikes! But it’s true. Even my fiction writing helps me learn about how my brain works. Through the challenges I create for my characters, I have to make my own decision about how I would react to a particular situation if I were in their place. I don’t always put my decision into the story (since the characters aren’t me), but going through different scenarios with my character before I publish helps me have a good idea about what I would do…and why.
I love that about writing.
With all the opinions out there in the world, it’s good to do a self-examination of our own opinions we consciously or unconsciously cling to in the waters of life. If we don’t, what we think we already know might damn true learning and enlightenment.
Writing helps me discover what I really think–and whether opinions and ideas that I hold onto might need to undergo an upgrade so I don’t sink. When we question what we know (or think we know), we open the doorway to finding truth. Asking questions to find out the WHAT and WHY of something we believe will help us understand its significance.
WHAT + WHY = SIGNIFICANCE
Those who ask questions about what seems obvious to them gain INSIGHT into their own thoughts and emotions. So write to learn. Whether you…
- Write Fiction
- Write Nonfiction
- Write Poetry
- Write Letters or emails, or
- Jot down notes from reading materials
…I hope that you will ask questions to help you understand the implication of what you write, and make discoveries about who you really are. Happy Writing.