Writing, Opening a Deep Well By Thomas Merton

Writing is not just jotting down ideas. Often we say: “I don’t know what to write. I have no thoughts worth writing down.” But much good writing emerges from the process of writing itself. As we simply sit down in front of a sheet of paper and start to express in words what is on our minds or in our hearts, new ideas emerge, ideas that can surprise us and lead us to inner places we hardly knew were there.

One of the most satisfying aspects of writing is that it can open in us deep wells of hidden treasures that are beautiful for us as well as for others to see.”

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Writing is a process whereby we create and expand our thinking.  This is why I object to using only Bible verses to answer a question.  Not that I object to Bible verses.  Not that the Word of the Lord doesn’t matter.  But if we stop there, without paraphrasing what we read, we learn nothing of what we really think.