On Writing

How to structure your thoughts while writing?

Here’s a thing that I realized recently – Writing helps you think clearly.

I used to believe that writing need not be done by everyone since not everyone wants to be a writer. However, I realized that writing can be a powerful tool to help people think clearly.

Your mind is full of random thoughts. Writing teaches you to put those thoughts on paper in a very neat manner. This helps make sense of your thoughts, thus helping you think clearly.

As for how to structure your thoughts while writing, here’s a simple tip to help you.

Write and rewrite often. That’s it. That’s the secret to good writing.

Good pieces of content are those that are edited several times. James Clear often talks about the fact that he’s a better editor than a writer. That’s a big reason why his writing looks so polished and neat.

That’s what you need to do as well. Write your first draft. Put all your thoughts on paper without worrying about whether they make sense or not. Once you are done with the first draft, edit that piece of content. Rearrange the parts that seem to come in a logical flow. Remove the parts that do not add any value.

Repeat the exercise. Edit, edit, and edit again. Then you’ll have a final copy that will be well-structured with a good flow of thoughts.

Remember, editing might be hard work for you initially. But it pays dividends. Once you write enough, you’ll get better at structuring your thoughts. More importantly, you’ll get better at thinking clearly.

Thanks for reading. I am Shikhil Vyas, a technical content writer and self-help blogger. Subscribe to my bi-monthly newsletter, Simpler Sundays, to get a dose of relaxed reading delivered directly to your inbox.

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