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Why Do We Write?

We write to:

- express feeling

- communicate ideas

- reflect/understand/learn/teach

- tell a story

- drive production

- (If you can think of anything else please let me know)


Words are physical memories

Every single reason on that list revolves around memory. We depend so heavily on our memories, yet it fails us at some of the most crucial moments. Humans realized this a long time ago. The brain can only hold a very limited amount of information. We wrote on animal skins, stones, clay tablets, papyrus, wood, parchment, paper; there are around 130 million physical books in the world not including the book of all books, the internet. Words are the foundation in which we build a better future for ourselves and people around the World. It goes to show that we cannot grow without writing.


Writing is so progressive because, contrary to popular belief, memories change. The memories we have of important life occasions ARE COMPLETELY FAKE. No, but they are less concrete then we think they are. There was a professional memory research project that dissected the memories of 9/11. 3,000 people were asked about their 9/11 experience one, two, three, and ten years after it happened. The more elapsed time, the more these memories became less accurate.


The same thing happens with any recollection. Even our most fundamental memories happened a little different than what we recall. They are warped by other interactions in life. It is hard to believe because we can see it so clearly/confidently in our head. When it comes to the memories that shape our life, are the details really that important? You chose; either way, words remember so we don't have to. All the more reason to be open minded, especially when it goes against your thoughts or memories.


Writing allows us to remember what has worked for people in the past but also gives us the tools to improve/do new things.

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