Notes on Writing: Thoughts

I always write a thing first and think about it afterwards … because the easiest way to have consecutive thoughts is to start putting them down.

— E. B. White

Like everything else in life, articulating thoughts by writing them down is an activity that benefits hugely from sheer practice and experience. And, as White observes, the more you attempt to put thoughts down, the more structured they become—writing is an inherently self-reflexive process. Hence, perhaps unique among human activities, writing your thoughts down doesn’t just offer you writing experience; it does one better, and feeds back into your mind to sequence and structure the very thoughts you wish to write down.

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