"Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingertips" (Isaac Asimov)
Human beings have a proclivity towards "doing" things. I think it is built into our very essence. We take vacations, go to amusement parks, watch sports, interact with friends & family, and seek out any number of sensory experiences. We want to experience all that life has to offer and are almost always the better for it.
But here's the rub: We can't experience everything in this big world, nor can we be "on the loose" all the time. I can't spend every waking moment at the ballpark with a baseball glove on one hand and a hot dog in the other (though perhaps not for lack of trying!). That is where writing comes in: When the direct senses fail us in having a new experience (or continuing a pleasurable one), we can live vicariously through the exploits of others.
In order for that to happen, however, we must be skilled in organizing our thoughts and arranging them in such a way that is pleasing, helpful, and exciting to others. That, to me, is why writing is such an important skill to cultivate in ourselves and younger generations. We all have a story to tell, so why not tell it the best way we can?!
Thinking comes before writing
In this post, I would like to take a look at some titles that combine the creative and technical aspects of the writing process to help young people understand the importance and joy of the task. Put it this way: Without quality writing, quality reading does not exist.