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Writing Isn’t Just a Method of Communication, It Also Helps In Focusing.

While everyone is different, most people experience some form of what is commonly known as “writer’s block.” Some days, it seems like we can’t find any inspiration at all. On the flip side, however, there are times when our minds will produce fleeting thoughts and ideas at such a rapid pace that we can hardly keep up, which may be a problem at times since our minds are not focused on one thing for very long. Writing allows us to take a thorough and more in-depth look at some of our transient thoughts.

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Writing helps with the problem of my scattered thoughts.

Several different thoughts may flow through my mind throughout the day, sometimes overlapping. At times, it can be exhausting to be unable to focus on one thing at a time or even hold on to an idea long enough to finish it.

In order to get control of my swirling thoughts, I take a moment to jump on a laptop or grab a notepad and write down all of the many genres of thoughts running through my mind. Then pick one and flesh it out, not thinking too much about form or grammar at this point.

Writing isn’t just a method of communication, it also helps in focusing.

Writing helps us organize our thoughts and process our emotions. When we’re putting our thoughts down on paper (or screen), we have a tendency to think things through in a more organized and holistic manner.

Writing is a personal endeavor for me, and it’s important that my own voice comes through in the written words. Sometimes that can be an issue. In trying to keep my voice unique, my mind can sometimes go off in all of these directions as it tries to come up with new and interesting ways to express the same thing over and over again.

Sometimes, I end up just typing gibberish to try and keep my train of thought in check before losing all focus on what I was trying to convey in the first place, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but we’ll get to that later.

When this happens, I have to slow down and focus on one idea at a time. I consider what I want to say, how I want to say it, and how each thought goes together.

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I Write down what’s known before going where I want.

The thought process of writing is not a linear one. It’s more like a circuit of interconnecting thoughts, bouncing from one idea to another and then back again.

When writing, sometimes I might have a really great idea that comes to me in a flash, and because I didn’t write it down right away, that thought has morphed into something completely different from where it started.
To help narrow my focus, I write down everything that comes to mind, even the gibberish; this is called free-writing. It helps to unclutter my mind and give perspective on my ideas.

I give myself about 10 to 15 minutes to write down all my thoughts on a particular topic. I find that my thoughts come together more quickly and easily when they’re out of my head and in front of me. From there, I scan through and choose a point at which I would like to start creating something coherent . This can be especially helpful if my thoughts are scattered, but I know where they should be going.

The point of free-writing is simply to get things from our heads onto paper, so we can better understand them. Sometimes we may feel strongly about something but have trouble conveying and explaining those feelings to others. However, writing makes it easier for us to articulate those emotions.

Keeping our thoughts focused on a single topic for long periods of time is not easy, especially if we tend to become easily distracted.

When I’m attempting to write about anything, it helps me if I can start with a broad theme in mind. But I’ve discovered that when I try too hard and force myself down a road that isn’t natural to me, my sentences suffer, and writing becomes much more difficult than it has to be.

When you can keep your thoughts focused on one topic as you write, your writing will flow naturally and will come across clear and well-formed.

© 2022 William Saint Val

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