Writing leads to better thinking


Growing up in my house I could count on two things when it came to getting help with writing high school papers. First, my parents were always willing to help me with writing. But second, that help was limited and contingent on me doing work.

I knew that my parents could just fix my writing, make it better. But they would ask questions, circle sentences, and challenge my thinking. Then they’d hand the paper back and invite me to do another rev and come back when I had taken it further.

It drove me nuts.

What I didn’t understand at the time was just how critical practicing writing would be to my future career. My parents knew how to write—my dad is a professor and my mom is a music teacher. But instead of doing it for me (which would have been easier for all of us), they pushed me to go through the journey myself to learn the art of communicating my ideas.

Writing is a more critical skill than most people realize. You write how you think.

You write how you think.

Writing influences nearly everything you do. And today even those that may think they don’t write often use writing more than they realize. Social media posts, text messages, emails, web pages … the places we can use writing to persuade others about our ideas have 10x in the past couple decades. The stock value of writing continues to rise.

How can you use writing to better think?


I’m not done with this article yet, but I’m trying to practice the art of shipping more often. If you’d like to be notified when the rest is done, drop your email below.

Here are some of the practices I’ll expand on to finish this article:

  • Journaling as a way to reflect
  • Using writing to make meetings more productive
  • Writing as a decision-making process
  • Top tips for persuasive writing
  • Don’t know yourself … know your audience
  • The power of rewriting


Ryan Seamons writes about more human approaches to modern management.

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