Writing as a Way to learn

I am a writer. I write all the time. This goes as far back as the time when I began to be a "serious learner." No one told me to write. I just started doing it. And I found that writing was a CORE pathway, a technique for me to:

  • learn,
  • to process,
  • to reflect in a way that produced forward movement.
  • to advance my understanding,
  • to refine my ability to communicate the ideas to others.

Later I became an avid (Raving) fan of journaling. I journal (almost) every day. My journals are a wonderful mixture of prayers, reflections, drafts of posts, articles, essays, lessons... they reveal my thinking, my affections, my struggles, my journey... they are a record to which i return and from which I move on.

So I was intrigued with the quote from John Calvin that comes from his Institutes. 

What is your own experience of writing? Do you write? Do you write to learn? Do you write to grow in self-understanding? Do you write to prepare yourself and your thoughts for communication? How often do you write? 

And do you have any best practices of writing?

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International
BrianRice@lcileaders.org