Writing is often more valuable for the author than for the reader.
A concept seems so obvious once read. But how did it get there in the first place?
Sure, we learn a ton by reading others' works but fathom being the author who unearths the knowledge. The skill required for identifying that treasure. The effort needed for its excavation. To package it up in an understandable or entertaining way. To find a proper place to display it for all to marvel and appreciate.
Imagine the character that required that work.
That's the value of writing.
Writing is the best way to understand what you understand.
Writing is an exploration. Exploring what's in our heads. Through contemplation, we synthesize the knowledge we've gained from others and our life experiences. We attempt to make sense of everything bouncing around in here. It defrags our brains. It puts things in order, not all over the place. It slows us down, just for a few minutes, to notice some things.
And that's why everyone should write.
Everyone has a unique perspective of reality on this journey we call life. Everyone has some insight that can have value to some stranger out there that's missing your point of view.
It's just a matter of figuring out what's special and unique about your understanding. It's a matter of taking the time to write. To contemplate. To practice packaging it up. Making it intriguing and valuable. And that doesn't happen overnight.
We have to get good at understanding our understanding.
There is some underlying magic in writing:
It takes what's in your head and makes it accessible to anyone, anywhere, forever.
But there's a lot going on in this world and we can't pay attention to everything. We only care about those things that catch our eye. Those that entertain or intrigue our mind. Those ideas that make our lives just a little better.
We have to practice generating something worthy of that attention.
And if we manage, just for a minute, to garner some attention and share some valuable insight, it has the power to improve the universe, forever.
We are the universe. The universe does not exist without us noticing it.
Unfortunately, the universe is very distracting. So many fantastic distractions — social games, responsibilities, surviving.
But to improve, we have to progress and that requires we notice what's really going on.
Through writing, we can slow down just for a few minutes to appreciate it all. To truly see it. To capture one small piece of understanding from it for ourselves and pass it on for others to benefit from.