Finding the Write Answer

Clear writing, it’s said, is the product of clear thinking. (Of course, the inverse is also true.)

Yesterday, I spent nearly five hours typing: collecting dots, connecting them, and seeing what conclusions emerged in the process.

I didn’t find the answer to life, or even necessarily to the dilemma that caused me to start typing. But I got a lot clearer about the questions I ought to be asking, and what kinds of answers I’m really looking for.

“Just type” is one of the core principles of Seth Godin’s workshops, and that experience was a powerful lesson in the value of just typing. A few hours at the keyboard brought much more clarity than many more spent reading, hiding, or (over-)thinking.

When you don’t know what the right answer is, or even what the right question might be, start writing. Sooner than you think, it’ll become clear.