1. You have opinions. There's got to be something a lot of people are mixed up about. You could set them straight.
"Devise, wit; write, pen; for I am for whole volumes in folio." (William Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost. Act i. Sc. 2.)
2. Tradition. You have a chance to participate in the grand, ancient tradition of rhetoric: persuasive verbal communication.
"An essayist is a lucky person who has found a way to discourse without being interrupted." (Charles Poore)
"To hold a pen is to be at war." (Voltaire)
3. It's good for your brain (and better yet--your mind). Writing forces you to think more clearly than you would otherwise have to. You have to look at how ideas relate to one another and to your overall message. Though writing doesn't always cure muddled thinking, it always leads to less-muddled thinking.
"Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man." (Francis Bacon)
"What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working when he's staring out the window." (Burton Rascoe)
"How do I know what I think until I see what I say?" (E. M. Forster)
4. Life is short. Written ideas have a far longer useful lifespan than spoken ones. Rather than being heard and quickly forgotten, your ideas can become part of a conversation that continues for years. Others can build their ideas on yours. On the Internet in particular, your thoughts can be linked to or easily quoted, then discussed and discussed again. Read more...