The Writing Life

Thinking and Writing

Now and then I get to thinking. Yes, it does hurt a bit.

However, thinking is the first step in writing. Without thought, our writing goes nowhere.

Take today, for instance. Please!

I went through my morning routine to start my day, and listed several things I wanted to accomplish today. Not goals, but tasks.

One of them was to write this post.

Now, why did this come about?

Because I got to thinking, “Gee, it’s been a few days since I last posted, so I should really write one. How about today?”

Now, as I sit at my keyboard, the real thinking begins.

I let my mind range around the edges and guts of the topic. I home in on one aspect and magnify it a bit. I connect it to some of my memories. I disconnect and add a combination from a different set of memories.

And a sentence emerges. Not complete, but a start.

This sentence leads me on another thinking and writing chase to see where it will lead.

This isn’t exactly free-form stream of consciousness writing, but a sort of controlled version. One thought leads to another.

The writing solidifies the thought, and I can extract another thought related to this solid one.

As these thoughts coalesce, they build a structure I can use to add architectural details to make it a whole house. I am a thought builder and a thought crafter. My thoughts turn into a solid something that others can see and examine.

Puting plenty of thought into thinking makes for a more thoughtful outcome. And a more cohesive product.

Let those thoughts roll on. Let your writing be thoughtful.

By John Larson

John is an experienced small business owner, management consultant, project manager, and family man. John has been married since 1967 to the same beautiful bride. He has two sons and eight grandchildren. He makes his home in Carlton, Oregon, USA.

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