The act of writing is itself an exercise of thought

Jacques Barzun
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The act of writing is itself an exercise of thought
 
Many writers have said that they do not fully grasp their own meaning until they have carved it like a statue, using words as material.  The reason is plain. One starts writing, not with a well-shaped thought, trimmed and polished, but with an intent—perhaps with several, overlapping and conflicting. You see a scene in your mind’s eye or know the tendency of a complex argument, but do not know which part of the scene or argument is to come first—what, anyhow, is a part of something you sense as an undivided whole? Thinking, and nothing but thinking, will answer these questionsnor will the answer be satisfactory until words are down on paper that represent the first finished piece of description or argument. (p.118-9). 
 
Jacques Barzun. Simple & Direct

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