writing and your brain

Writing is an integral part of the learning process. The first thing that we learn in schools is writing. Have you ever thought why it’s such an important thing? Have you ever wrote something down and found that you remembered it very easily? Well writing is actually very beneficial not only does it help us to remember things more easily, but it makes us smarter too.

Writing and Communicating Ideas

How many times have you had a “it sounded good in my head” moment? When you’re thinking about something in your head, your brain usually forgives abstract ideas, prose does not. If you try to speak and communicate them you’ll most likely fail at doing it clearly

Writing things down helps you structure the thoughts in your mind. It gives you more clarity on the subject you want to write about and will allow you to see the different angles, nooks and crannies of it. Sitting down to write things forces you to actively think about the subject and forces you to grasp it. After writing about your ideas you’ll turn them into a concrete and clear form, in your brain and on your writing medium, then you’ll be able to communicate them clearly.

Writing and Wisdom

When you write about something you start thinking about your words more and you start structuring them in a more reasonable and logical way. You’ll start actively thinking about it and you’ll start delving deeper and deeper inside your topic, and sometimes even more than what you might expect. This will lead you into even more thinking  and in doing  so, you’ll gain more insights about the subject. Thinking this deeply about something is bound to make you wiser.

Handwriting and Memory

Writing and taking notes allows us remember things more easily. Especially so, when you’re handwriting with a pen and paper instead of a keyboard. The reason for this is because when you’re writing about something you use 3 processes at the same time:

  • Visual: Seeing what is on the paper in front of you.
  • Motor: Using your fine motor skills to actually put the pen to paper and form the letters to make the words.
  • Cognitive: Remembering the shapes of the letters requires a different type of feedback from the brain.

You’re using more of your brain and creating more connections inside it than when you’re simply typing or reading. This acts as a form of “practice” for remembering those things.


Your thoughts, you get a lot of them but they’re fleet and they don’t last. Writing, on the other hand, is lasting and will stay there forever. In other words, it’s immortal.


Written by: Osama Waheib

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