As a means of making thinking public, writing is one way of telling the world who you are, what you believe, and how you perceive things. Words committed to the page can have much greater impact than the writer may have intended. Writing, then, must be done with care and concern.
Understanding how one’s own words will be interpreted by another person requires a good deal of thought and an ability to think as someone else. That skill is difficult to develop. Asking thoughtful questions about words, word combinations, and descriptors in text can be a good starting point in growing a sense of a third-party reader. Writing, by nature, is a much more profound activity than most of us realize.