Noted writer, editor, literary critic and teacher, William Zinsser, is known for the quote “writing is thinking on paper”. Today I don’t think paper has much to do with it, but what I think he means is, the very process of writing something forces a person to think about the thing they are writing about, and then embody that thinking clearly in the written output (paper or electronic). As you might imagine, I agree with this. I like to write and I believe that my own experience with writing has greatly improved my thinking. For a really great essay on the topic of writing and thinking, see The Secret About Writing That No One Has The Balls To Tell You by Pete Michaud…and don’t miss the many excellent comments below his essay.
I’ve been writing about ideas surrounding my professional experience much longer than the year and a half I have been writing RxTrace. In fact, I have written some pretty legendary emails and other essays over my career. Legendary because they raised ideas that were either unpopular or otherwise not wanted by the recipient(s). If you know me very well then chances are you’ve read one or two of those.
In a previous job, I did a fair amount of Continue reading Writing Is Thinking. For Example, Ken Traub