The Psychological Benefits of Writing
When you attempt to envision a “writer,” I’d posit most of you see a quirky recluse, hunched over a desk in some cabin, crumpled paper strewn about as they obsessively work on the next great American novel.
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To me, writing is so much more than that. Writing is thought put to page, which makes all of us writers — even if we don’t have the chops to spin beautiful prose.
Personal and non-fiction writing is a fascinating topic because I get the sense that many successful people are secretly regular writers:
- Warren Buffet has described writing as a key way of refining his thoughts (and that is a man who reads and thinks a wholelot).
- Richard Branson once said “my most essential possession is a standard-sized school notebook,” which he uses for regular writing.
- Bill Gates has described writing as a way to sit down and re-evaluate his thoughts during the day.
There are obviously many more examples, some of which are beautifully highlighted in the book Daily Rituals.
In these cases, writing has just become another tool for thinking, expression, and encouraging creativity; cabin dwelling novelists be damned.
So, should people who don’t consider themselves writers bother with trying to make writing a regular habit?
Writing can be an incredibly useful outlet for many people, but let’s look at some of the research on how writing can affect the mind, and you can make the decision for yourself.
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