Self-Discovery Through The Joy of Writing
The Connection Between Writing and Thinking: The process of writing reveals our thoughts, first to ourselves and then to others. Writing allows us to slow down our thinking and consciously catch our thoughts as they pop in and out of our minds. Good writing starts with clear and logical outlines. Phrases such as, "for instance," or "for example," are needed as we back up our opinions and observations. If one wants to be taken seriously, one must present accurate facts. And no preaching!
The ability to write depends on the knowledge of the mechanics of writing: proper grammar and punctuation and correct spelling. But, don't let this requirement cause you to hesitate. The ability to write well is acquired over a long period of time. In fact, learning how to write and express our thoughts so that others will enjoy reading them is a never-ending quest.
The Science of Writing: The tedious process of editing takes most of our time and attention. In our demand for clarity, creativity and style, we usually end up repeatedly correcting and refining what we have written. Afterwards, it is important to allow others to read and respond to our work, not only for the sake of pinpointing all the mistakes we overlooked, but also for the sake of providing valuable insights regarding the content of our writing.
The Art of Writing: Creative writing requires that we tune into our own style of thinking and feeling. We improve by practicing. In other words, to become good writers, we must write. Analyzing the techniques and styles of other writers and authors, of course, is vital toward increasing our own writing skills and creativity. Keep in mind, however, that for every one hour we read, we should write for two.
Early on, we can encourage children to express themselves by simply handing them their own journals. Journal writing gives children the opportunity to write down whatever is going on in their hearts and minds. They enjoy recording and discussing their reactions to daily events and revealing their hopes and dreams for the future. Writing freely in this way helps them tune into their thoughts and memories and also helps them develop their imaginations. Through continued journal writing, teens begin expressing their feelings, opinions and observations in deeper and more accurate ways. Almost effortlessly, their abilities to write and communicate improve. Children and teens who love to write, will excel in school and who can argue that those who excel in school, will also excel in life?
Free writing, according to inspiration, is a great way for adults to provide themselves therapeutic outlets or creative endeavors. Whether writing in journals or on loose notebook pages, its always good to slow down the inward flow of thoughts to become more aware and conscious of them. Putting pencil or pen to paper is the best way to write, whether engaged in free-writing or the serious work of composing letters, research papers or manuscripts. Composing on the keyboard, as we all do these days, is quicker and easier, but maybe too quick and easy!
Q. Would you say that writers are very aware people?
A. I would.
Q. Would you say they are very humble?
A. Well, no preening allowed ...
Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on June 21, 2019:
Yes, KLH, I know I often have those run-on sentences. I stopped studying English in the ninth grade except to get a "C" so I could pass. Once I get the something's basics I am ready to move to something new. I only got a diploma to keep living age my mother's. What you see is the results of that "hungry to learn something new" attitude I still have.
I am working on cleaning up my un-featured hubs though.
Kathryn L Hill (author) from LA on June 21, 2019:
Even better, due to less objects and articles:
Our dog Lassie came home this morning after adventuring through the neighborhood from dusk till dawn. Exhausted, she flopped into bed.
Kathryn L Hill (author) from LA on June 20, 2019:
Hi Elijah. There is a logic to writing.
"I define humble as being truthful when exposing one's (own) secrets or the secrets of their subject."
"To make an untruth flowery, (so to speak,) in effort to avoid hurting someone's feelings, is not humble at all."
I meant, if you know you are a good writer and an aware person, do you have a tenancy to flaunt it through your writing?
Some people try to make their writing convoluted and fancy making the reader feel unable to comprehend. It is not the reader's fault, however. It is the fault of writing that is too complicated.
Simplification is the key. One should not be afraid to put in periods to create sentences which focus on one idea at a time.
For instance, this sentence is a bit of a run-on and would be better divided into two or more sentences:
Our dog, Lassie, came home exhausted and tired from wandering all over the neighborhood from dusk to dawn, and in the morning she flopped into her bed, after returning from her night's adventures.
Edited and rearranged: Our dog, Lassie, returned early in the morning from her night's adventures. She flopped into her bed, exhausted and tired. Apparently, she had been wandering all over the neighborhood from dusk to dawn.
Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on June 19, 2019:
Q) Would I say " that writers are very aware people?"
A) Most are "subjectively aware" while very few are "generally aware" since most will think within the "box" their schooling put they minds in.
Q) Would I "say they are very humble?"
A) That depends on how now defines humble. I defined humbles being truthful to what be exposing one's secrets or secrets of their subject and when the is the case I say yes. To, so to speak, make flowery something one should recognize is a lie so as not to hurt someone's feelings is not humble at all.
You so beautifully pointed me out. Once I learned to read and find definitions for myself and obtained basic writing skills I stoped writing, about ninth grade. I have never wanted to focus much time on something I have learned, because I have always felt there was too much to learn to devote my time to "perfecting one thing," I've always wanted to know as much as I could about everything I came in contact with, developed the basic skills and move on. That is why my writing skills are not polished s I know they could be.
Thanks for bringing that to my remembrance. Maybe I will now improve my writing. I guess that is why I wrote so much poetry during my spiritual childhood, poetic licenses protected it. LOL
Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 16, 2019:
Hi, Kathyrn, not at all, please. I am expecting to read another article from your stable. Enjoy the day, and thanks.
Kathryn L Hill (author) from LA on June 15, 2019:
Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 15, 2019:
Hello, Kathyrn, I enjoy reading your article on writing. I agreed that thinging is equal to writing. Otherwise, how do we put thoughts on paper?
The many tricks of writing varied. I and glad that I am learn from others,and thus improving on my stories. Your article is a good read. Thanks,and enjoy the weekend.
Kathryn L Hill (author) from LA on June 14, 2019:
Thank You, Howard. I appreciate your encouragement.
Howard Schneider from Parsippany, New Jersey on June 14, 2019:
You are spot on, Kathryn. Writing takes an immense amount of thinking and editing and re-editing. But it is worth it and is a wonderful piece of self discovery. Great Hub.