I’ve previously written about how to be a better writer. Today, I I want to discuss the more basic question of why you should learn to write better.
Here are 5 reasons why there is a strong connection between writing proficiency and success.
1. Good Writing Requires Good Thinking
Quoting copywriter Michael Masterson, “Good writing is good thinking expressed clearly.”
When I am having trouble writing, the usual problem is that my thinking
sucks isn’t good. Of course I cannot write clearly because I don’t really know what I want to say.
As soon as my thinking improves, so does my writing.
You will find that you don’t really understand something until you can explain it to someone else.
And, to quote Albert Einstein, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
Understanding your subject matter, being able to explain it to others and being able to explain it simply all require clear thinking.
2. Writing Keeps You Focused On Learning
To write, you must have something to write about.
Therefore, you must study, learn and think constantly. All good things.
3. Writing Makes You A Better Speaker
Learning how to analyze your subject, organize your thoughts and express them plainly in writing also helps you speak them.
Strong written communication and powerful verbal communication are both based on presenting your ideas in a logical, well-organized way.
4. Writing Allows You To Test Ideas
One way to test those amorphous ideas swirling around in your head is to put them into writing.
If you can’t write your thoughts clearly, guess what? They need more work.
5. Writing Well Increases Your Earning Potential
Writing well is one of the most valuable skills you can have.
[Blog post intermission: Do you know the most lucrative form of writing? Ransom notes! Now back to the serious post.]
In the Information Age, there is an unending need for those with the ability to write in an informative and clear way.
Those who do it best profit handsomely.