Here is a quick 1 question quiz (but a tough one).
1.) The process of writing is? (chose one answer)
a.) Writing is a process of recording already developed thoughts.
b.) Writing is a process of figuring out what you think.
Answer: If we are to believe "Rules for Writers", (Diane Hacker, Nancy Sommers), then,"Writing is a process of figuring out what you think, not a matter of recording already developed thoughts".
Then they go on to say:
"Since it is not possible to think about everything all at once (What!, does that mean that I am not an idiot after allllahhhhh??!), most experienced writers handle a piece of writing in stages".
Believe it or not, this was a revelation to me. Oh, I had had my own informal suspicions about the whole process. But to hear it declared boldly and forthrightly, that, it is "a process of figuring out what you think", oh, my oh my.
This sounds like a very possible explanation as to what happened to me when I got online some 8 years ago. What I did not realize then was that I was being sucked right into the very traumatic process of figuring out what I thought. The process of better developing my thoughts. I logged on... I wrote... I thought... and then I rewrote, and... all of the sudden things were much clearer. And much more well developed. Including the fact that I needed to learn better how to write. And that still stands true today.
So for right now, I think I will stop writing and keep reading, "Rules for Writers". And that should help the rest of the process.