I agree with Japanese novelist Haruki Marukami who says,
I have to write things down to feel I fully comprehend them.
Writing things down forces me to clarify what I think. It forces me to learn as I fill in the missing links between different parts of what I’m saying.
This learning process is one of the reasons I enjoy blogging. That’s especially true of longer pieces such as “6 tips to keep your compliance officers happy,” in which I’m combining insights from multiple sources.
Many investment and financial planning professionals who blog share my feelings about writing to understand. They have confirmed this in their answers to polls I’ve run. This also fits with the theme of William Zinsser’s Writing to Learn, a classic book.
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