The idea of writing hasn’t always been something that appealed to me. Looking back, I’ve always been more of a visual worker: I preferred to sketch, draw, outline, map out ideas whenever I was working on something.
The visual output not just appealed more to my aesthetic sensibilities, but it seemed to stimulate more thinking, more engagement; and for someone like me, that’s kind of important — I’m the sort of person whose mind tends to wander unless it sees some immediate value or some productive result in anything I’m working on, preferably sooner rather than later.
Committing ideas to paper in the form of sketches and drawings offered that feeling of more immediate satisfaction sooner than writing could, at least in my earlier years. As time went by, though, I started to appreciate the value and experience of writing more.
It’s fair to say that it would be easier to draw and represent something abstract versus trying to write it down; it would just take longer to flesh out concepts and ideas and put those down in writing if it’s made up of disparate thoughts, emotions, and imagery that’s not yet fully formed in your mind.
Writing, by nature, requires a measure of organization and adheres to structure more than drawing or sketching ever would. It takes more time and effort. You need to have a fairly expansive vocabulary if you want to express yourself and communicate effectively. It’s harder. So why write?
I’ve found that the more I write, the more I’m able to organize my thoughts and flesh out my ideas. Writing helps me think better, and the better I think, the more productive I become.
It’s an ability that took me a while to develop, I guess, and I’m still working on it. I’ve found that writing is just too useful a skill to not continuously practice and refine. Sometimes I even enjoy writing, funnily enough.
Good writing takes a considerable amount of time and energy. Good writing requires purpose — it requires the meaningful achievement of specific goals and intrinsic motivation in order to be sustainable and enjoyable.
But most importantly, good writing requires that you just start, keep at it, and keep refining your craft, even if just little-by-little, bit-by-bit. So start writing, and start now. Just write.
Originally published at andresalvatierra.com.