13 Benefits of Writing

I used to believe writing is a skillful task that needs to be learned and mastered. However, with time I‌ realized that embracing writing as a skill to make an economic living is a tapered view of the whole art. Writing to lead a professional life is all too different from the indigenous art itself. No one should be worried about the associated skills of a professional writer. Writing for a living does not always mean writing to make money. Writing is a great tool for achieving better physical and mental being. So writing professionally or not, it will still contribute to our overall living positively. The writing skill, in this case, matters to a much lesser degree.

Writing is my favorite hobby and I do it every day even if it turns out to be a scribble. Bear in mind that I am not a professional writer by any means. I am only in this game because it adds positivity to my life. Perhaps, it indirectly contributes to my daily living.

This could be because writing has many proven benefits that accompany the art. It is already made evident by the plethora of influential people that have vouched for it. Let us take a look at a few of them anyways.

“My most essential possession is a standard-sized school notebook.”

Richard Branson

1. Reduce anxiety

Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. It is caused by the fear of what is about to happen. That’s primarily caused by a lack of clarity in your mind. Writing helps you attain better clarity in your thoughts and ideas. Once your mind is clear and your understanding is sharp, you will automatically be less worried about uncertainties in the future. That means you will have significantly reduced your stress and anxiety levels.

This is further expanded by this study conducted by the British Journal of Health Psychology where it was concluded that positive emotional writing leads to lower stress levels. The study further elaborates that the frequent use of swear words could be employed by distressed people as a coping mechanism.

2. Organize your thoughts

As already discussed in the above section, writing gives you more clarity in your thoughts. You will earn a better understanding of your thoughts and it’s relations. That way you can easily help organize your thoughts and ideas better. This will lead to better thinking and communication capability. Both of which are very essential for your personal and professional life.

Once your thoughts are organized, you can make it work together and revise it as needed. This is important because so many people struggle to get their ideas together. That affects their daily living, including income and relationships.

3. Handle hard times

Times can be hard and surviving them can be harder. But so as they say, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. That’s why you must go through the hard times and win them over. The character development that accompanies a hard time will help you earn success in life. And writing might just be the one tool that you need to unlock it.

Writing, specifically doing journals help you get through hard times faster. Journals help you keep account of your daily life and cope up with reality. It improves your consciousness as all your mental junks are leftover in your diary. That means your mind is clear of any incumbent pollution.

Journals are also a great way to stress relief for people that are less comfortable sharing their personal life with others. Lack of communication or its ability thereof causes mental depression. However, writing journals give one a feeling that he is being heard. Writing journals is talking to yourself and talking to yourself is very important.

4. End task your thoughts

Have you ever lost sleep because you couldn’t stop thinking about something? Well, that happens to everyone. Overthinking about something is a real problem almost everyone faces in this world. There might be so many ways to stop thinking too much and go to sleep but a healthy way would be to write the things down. Take a piece of paper and write anything that bothers your mind. You will find that it is less or better yet, not bothering you at all.

Random thoughts could be distracting you even in the day time. This causes artlessness and could be dangerous while doing activities like driving. It will cast a shadow on your work-related performance and eventually cost you an unaccountable loss of money. One of the simplest ways to counter mind-wandering thoughts is to just right them down. You can recollect it as you wish.

5. Recover memories

One of the best things about writing is that it helps you recover your memories. Writing down things you remember can help you remember things you forgot. The chances are, something along the lines you wrote will trigger your brain to recover your lost memory. Whether this is about a specific conversation you had with someone or an event you watched, this can turn out to be very helpful.

This can be better utilized by writing your daily life in a diary. That means you will always keep track of your daily life. That will improve your memory and learning. You will be better equipped each passing day and over time, you will have a physical record to look back at your life and be proud about.

6. Bring clarity to life

Life can be overwhelming with too many events and too many people that pass through our lives every day. It is almost impossible to keep things in perspective in your life. But there is one way, and it’s as simple as writing. Writing will enhance clarity in your life. That’s because, for each passing event, it will help you put things in perspective. We all, after a long overwhelming day, struggle to put things in perspective. And with sufficient passage of time, we will have no idea what happened and what to make of it. This is dangerous if things creep into your personal or professional life.

One of the best things that come out of writing daily is better clarity in your life. This can be done even by tracking your life through a note-taking app. You don’t have to waste a lot of time doing it. It could be a 5-minute process every day before going to bed. Physically writing can make it even better.

7. Improve self awareness

Writing is also a chance to reflect on yourself. What you are interested in writing and how you choose to do it is a reflection of your mental being. This means you can become aware of yourself by writing. These are things that otherwise spend time behind your mind’s backlogs. Writing can make it come forward. Improved self-awareness will bring a big change to your life style.

The writing process can help you start thinking more critically about your life. You will be aware of the subconscious decisions you take and how they affect you. That will keep you alert even in your smallest decisions and come up with productive solutions that can dramatically improve your life.

8. Mass communication

If you are like me and love to blog, that means you are a mass communicator. Whether you blog, write a book or write anything that involves people reading your content. That is mass communication. Writing is a mass communication tool that if properly utilized can change people’s lives in a global scale.

Life is all about leaving an impact. That impression you left while leaving to the heavens is what you will be remembered by. And writing maybe the best tool to make people remember you. Because your writing can inspire people and aspire them towards their goals. You don’t need to be the biggest philosopher of all times to do this. You just need to share any practical values you gained and help other people out.

Not many people are comfortable communicating orally. This is especially true when communicating with large groups of people. So if any of you wish to communicate on a massive scale but is uncomfortable doing so, writing is the best method to adopt. Writing is very compatible with introverts as well.

9. Catalyst for learning process

Writing is learning thoroughly. One can significantly improve his learning by writing things down. Writing things while trying to learn may sound counterproductive in terms of the time it takes. But the concrete understanding and hence the retention that comes with it is worth the trade-off. Writing to learn is one thing, but learning to write is another.

It is always better to avoid electronic gadgets in this specific case. Using electronic gadgets may end up costing way more time than just writing them down. That’s for obvious reasons. But writing them down with hands is also proved to be more effective. There are many scientifically proved approaches to writing that can help enhance learning even better.

10. Better verbal communication skills

Writing is something you do that is way more conscious than simply talking. That means you will come up with better words and proper sentence formations while doing so. Your higher consciousness will lead to improved quality in communication. Greatest speeches are always written first before they are spoken.

Even if you are not giving a speech, you might as well as write down your conversation with your customers before talking with them. This will improve your vocabulary and clarity in communication. That can be very detrimental to your professional life. Even in your personal life, if you are looking forward to a date. Writing down things that you plan to communicate can significantly improve your communication during the date. We all know how that could potentially turn out.

11. Brainstorms great ideas

We all been to situations where we need to come up with some great ideas. whether this is a college project, a startup, an established business or even when running a blog. Writing things down is a brainstorming process. You will get hit by a wide range of ideas down the road. I have personal experience with this because whenever I write an article, in midway I have a plethora of new article ideas. This could be because writing forces you to think. There isn’t really another option than to use your brain to a good extent while writing.

So if you are looking for ideas, start writing now. Take a piece of paper and just scribble your way through your existing thoughts. Soon new ideas will form and you will be amazed by your own brain.

12. Physical footprint

Writing leaves a physical footprint of your existence. You will not be remembered unless you give a reason to. You may not have the best leadership qualities to lead an impactful life. But that is barely necessary in this case. After all, how many people have such qualities? Writing is for everyone that wants to leave a physical footprint of their existence to the rest of the world. Writing has no partiality in terms of their other qualities or identities.

Even if you are uncomfortable showing your writing to the world, you can still keep a personal diary. This personal diary will be a gateway to leave a physical footprint and shall be cherished by the next generation in your family line up. There are no excuses not to write unless your willingness is lax.

13. Sense of accomplishment

This is very evident each time I click the publish button. It is such a stimulating task. I always felt that after writing each blog post, I have achieved something pronounced. I have left a mark that will be mine for ever and should be attached to the internet even if I am gone. I have wrote something that provided and continues to provide practical value to a reader across the globe.

The sense of accomplishment that comes after writing something is a real stimulant. This shall be learned and experienced in-person to know it. That’s why I want to tell anyone who read this to try writing at least once in their life. You will never know what will change your life for the good.

5 Step Process to Writing Anything

Writing something can be a daunting task especially when you do not have a step by step procedure to follow. Whether you are writing an essay, a blog post or doing your college presentation, you must have at one point or another aimlessly wandered trying to get your work done.

There is nothing unusual about ‘aimlessly wandering’, it is quite normal for most people. This happens because people do not have a clear direction to take while trying to complete their work. Knowing what clear steps to take from starting to finishing and trying to get your work done with proper workflow can make a big difference.

Luckily, there is a clear 5 step process I employ while writing things. I have used this to write my project presentation, project reports, essays and now I am implementing the same for my blog posts. There are two things I‌ love about this method.

  1. It’s universally applicable. That means whether you are trying to write a blog post, an essay, or a research paper.‌ You are good to go.
  2. It’s easy to remember. Can you remember the word‌ ‘POWER’? I‌ am sure you can. I will get into the details down below.

What makes good writing?

Before we go deeper into the ‘How’ part of the question, it is important we answer the ‘What’ part.‌ Unless you don’t know what makes a blog post or an essay classified ‘good’ and stands out among the rest, no step by step process will be fruitful. So let’s first discuss what makes good writing.

There are prominently six qualities for a well-written article. Each quality is important and a writer should make maximum effort to stress each quality in his work.

FocusA well-written article will have a central theme. That means each line and paragraph should have a clear point it is making about the theme.
ExpansionAll lines, all paragraphs that are written in the article should assist the main subject. Illustrations are an important part of expanding the main topic. Avoid paragraphs and lines that do not contribute to the central theme.
CreativityThis should come across with no surprise.‌ Creativity is a principal part of great content making. One of the easiest ways to be creative in your writing is to find analogies for your concepts. If you can connect your central theme to everyday activity, your reader will grasp it easily. The point of adding creativity to your writing should be to make things effortless to understand for your reader.
OrganizedThe entire content in your article should be well organized. Make sure it can be read smoothly.‌ From top to bottom, everything should be logically connected and the reader should not be having any rough transitions. More about this down below.
UniformAll paragraphs should have their own purpose. A paragraph is made for separating one idea from another. Do not make paragraphs based on a specific word count, but a specific idea.‌ That way uniformity can be maintained throughout the article.
Grammar and styleOne should try to make his writing error-free. It’s hard but not impossible. The writing style should be determined based on the type of article. A news article won’t be written the same way a product review article will.

POWER writing method

Now that we are done discussing what makes a writing ‘good’, let’s reflect on the 5 step formula that can help you achieve it. It is called the ‘POWER’ method which is an acronym for Prepare, Organize, Write, Edit, and Review.

It is as simple as it sounds, easy to apply and remember.‌‌ But to adopt each step can prove to be difficult for a new writer. So let’s get in-depth with each step of the method, shall we?

Prepare

The first step is pretty basic but often overlooked. You must make sure that you do thorough research on the topics you plan to cover. Writers tend to research as they go.‌ But that means you will have to spend time rewriting and reframing the entire article. You might have to end up writing from scratch if inconsistencies become severe. From a time point of view, that is a costly mistake.

This makes the first step ‘Prepare’ highly significant.‌ Make sure you conduct thorough research before you even think about writing the article. Make sure you use credible sources. Make sure the number of sources you use is fixed. Do not go after new sources at the time of writing.‌ Everything about ‘learning’ the topic should start and end in the first step.

Organize

Being well-organized is one of the fundamental qualities of an article. No matter how intense your research is or how well versed your paragraphs are if they are not organized properly, your readers will not appreciate it.

To make your article readable, all parts of it from top to bottom should be logically connected. Readers should not struggle to make meaning between your headings, subheading or paragraphs.

Now, getting organized is a difficult job. Especially after your first phase of research, you are probably overwhelmed and struggling to make sense. One of the easiest ways to get all your ideas organized is to draw a mind map.

I have a complete article on how to organize your thoughts and ideas. It describes an easy method to draw a mind map and start making logical connections between your ideas. If you have your way to organize things, you can do it.‌ But if you have no clue or you are not confident about your ways, I‌ urge you to read the article.

Write

It is time that we start the actual writing process. The two steps above is a prerequisite for the flawless execution of this step. If you are well researched, you know what you are writing without having second thoughts. If you are well organized, you don’t have to worry about structuring your article.‌ You already have a clear direction to take and a conclusion to reach.

You are no more stressed about what to write and how to do it. So take full freedom and start writing from the main heading to the conclusion. Do not worry about the choice of words, typos, complex sentences, style issues, etc.

This step is to write all the ideas out completely.‌ Do not go back and fix even a single typo. Any distraction from the writing process will cost significant time and probably cause a lack of clarity in your presentation. If you are bothered about all the grammar issues in your article while you are writing, you will not be productive while doing so. It is important that you solely stick to expressing your ideas to congregate maximum creativity.

Edit

Okay, I know you are frustrated about the all red marks from your word processor. Now you can finally take care of them. If you are a newbie, I highly recommend you hire a professional proofreader for this purpose. But if you don’t have the money or resources, it is fine.‌ You can do it yourself.

Now editing is a tedious task. You have to thoroughly read your article word by word and if possible, syllable by syllable. That way you make sure that your article does not have any grammar mistakes.

It is inevitable to create an article completely free of mistakes, but the goal is to make it as error-free as possible. Make sure there are no errors like typos and basic grammar mistakes. Make sure the words you chose are simple to understand has the same meaning in the context it is applied. Make sure there no complex sentences users have to deal with.

You can use tools like MS Word’s inbuilt spell and grammar checker or browser extensions like Grammarly to assist you in this process. Note that programs are programs and work on algorithms. It will never be good as an actual human being editing your work. Make sure you edit the complete article top to bottom and not just rely on algorithm-based grammar checkers.

Review

This is the final step in the whole process.‌ Once you are done writing and editing, your article is supposed to be complete. If you are a really good writer, this step is optional. But chances are you should review your article from scratch regardless.

During the review process, you should fundamentally check for the readability of the article. Try reading the article out loud. You should try to read the article as presenting in front of an audience. Imagine yourself giving a Ted talk. That way you know if the tone of the article resonates with an actual conversation. This will ensure that readers remain engaged throughout a lengthy article.

Note: Iterating between different steps are sometimes inevitable.‌ No matter how well you researched, you might discover your knowledge gaps during the organizing and writing process. No matter how well you edit, you will probably find mistakes during the review process.‌ Keep in mind that going back and forth is also part of the process.

Points to take away

  • Aim for six qualities in your writing: Focus, Expansion, Creativity, Organized, Uniform, Grammar and style.
  • Remember the word ‘POWER’: Prepare, Organize, Write, Edit, and Review.

Conclusion

A lot is going on in the writing industry. The Internet has made writing and sharing it more of an accessible option. Whether you are writing for a living or trying to complete the project work, keep in mind that it never has been easier to find resources to do so.

If you are struggling specifically with the writing process, the easiest way to do so is to just start writing even if it is gibberish —Of course, after you have done your proper research. Remember that you can always edit a bad page but not a blank one.

Why One Should Write More on Paper Instead of Word Processors

I love writing and I do it every day even if it is just a scribble.

I have been writing for a while and over this appreciably long time, I have learned a few things about writing. It derives totally from my personal experience. Even though I was not the most active writer here in my blog, I was still doing it somewhere else — which was largely my first attempt to write a novel.

While I decided to write my first novel titled “I And The God”, I took a different approach. Usually, when I write something, I tend to utilize a word processor.

However, against the larger advice, I started writing my novel in plain A4 papers. And there was something interesting about it.

The pros of writing on paper

There are a few things I liked about writing manually. Some perhaps strictly personal and not applies to everyone. But I believe every aspiring writer shares a common characteristic that unites us. So here is my rationale that one should try it.

  1. Peace of mind: This is invaluable and should be pretty evident. Switching off digital devices gave me a boost in my peace of mind. This comes mostly in the form of no notifications. I was way more creative writing on paper than typing on a keyboard for this sole reason. Less noise in your mind is equivalent to high-quality creative content. When you are writing on your personal computer, that may not always be guaranteed.
  2. Fear of no reversibility: This is something that many people see as a con of writing on paper. But for me, it is one of the pros. When you have eased to just hit backspace and edit whatever you like and whenever you like it, you are likely to fall lazy on your sentences. When you write on paper, you are always cautioned about having to strike through or having to rewrite from scratch. I am way more alert trying to write on paper. This helps me come up with the best sentences and always keep the past and future in my mind. No loosing out on lazy edges.
  3. Sense of accomplishment: When I write 100 words in a paper, which takes thrice the time than when I just type them down, I have some significant sense of accomplishment. That must be true because I have a typing speed of 53 words per minute and can effectively finish a 100-word paragraph in 2 minutes or less, that is if I am not taking time thinking. I feel twice as proud when I pull a new paper from my stack. When I reach a new page on MS Word, it is just another digital white blank page. When I am finally done writing for the day, just taking a look at the paper stack I wrote gives me a great mood of relaxation. This is nowhere close to scrolling through a piece of document.
  4. More engaging: When I am writing by hand instead of just typing on a keyboard, I am way more engaged in my work. Maybe this has to do with the fact that it takes more mental stress to write down using hand than just typing on a keyboard. But whatever that is, it helps me concentrate on the work instead of being distracted. I am always conscious and not just casually going to Google or check my social media profiles. The sole idea of just being able to engage 100% into the task at hand has made significant progress in my work.
  5. No sleepless nights: This is may not actually be directly helpful for your writing, or maybe it is. Whenever I use digital devices to write at night and I assume, just like me, a lot of you also write at night because of busy mornings —  I end up losing sleep. This is probably due to the bright light from the digital display that is messing up my biological clock. Whatever it is, once I started writing on paper, I also get good sleep. This is a warning too because I fall asleep less than 1 hour of concentrated writing. It is a brain exhausting process. But it works pretty well and my brain is supercharged the next morning. Normally when I go to sleep after using my laptop, I ended up waking so tired and demotivated.

The notable cons

All this isn’t to say that it is best to write on paper. There are many cons to using paper over modern word processors. I did end up struggling a bit.

  1. Not being able to edit: Yes, this is an obvious con. Although this gave me good motivation to frame my sentences properly and keep cautious about the future and past while making each sentence. It was a pain in the neck trying to go back and rewrite the whole thing. It was a very time-consuming process and killed 10s of hours every week. So, this drawback will cost you so much time.
  2. No sharing: If you want to get reviewed by a friend or a professional, you are not supposed to send them an image with your handwriting. You have to type it and make a digital copy. This means you have to do it each time you are looking for a review. This is an awful back and forth process.
  3. Hand ache: It hit me bad when I write for long hours. Typing is easy as a physical job compared to writing down. Your hands will ache badly and you are not going to like it when it happens.
  4. Keeping it organized: Eventually, stacks of papers become a little messy. It is easy to keep things organized and orderly in a PC. But when you write on paper and after taking enough of them from the stack, you are going to find it very hard to keep things organized. This is not just about your main writing, you have to keep track of random thoughts on the side, keeping track of points, you have marked for review, etc. Over time, your work will become a huge mess that is going to be very difficult to navigate. Keep it in mind and be prepared for it.
  5. Exhaustion: You will get sleepy real fast. I already told you and it kind of helps me get a decent sleep. But if you are on the other side that already has a decent time and sleeps to do things, physically writing is going to be a daunting task. You will feel exhausted way quicker than typing on a keyboard. 

Conclusion

Overall, I still prefer to do the long writes on paper. This is strictly a personal decision but has many accompanying features I believe a lot of you might want. For short posts, I upright use a word processor. When I want to get creative, especially when trying to write a story, I prefer to do it in the paper. The final choice depends on the actual author. Whatever it is, keep writing forward.