The late journalist and editor William Safire, like me a Syracuse University alumnus (he dropped out after two years, but later became a trustee), wrote:
“Composition is a discipline; it forces us to think.
“If you want to ‘get in touch with your feelings,’ fine — talk to yourself; we all do.
“But, if you want to communicate with another thinking human being, get in touch with your thoughts.
“Put them in order; give them a purpose; use them to persuade, to instruct, to discover, to seduce.
“The secret way to do this is to write it down and then cut out the confusing parts.”
Amen to that. If you need some help in the process, find yourself a good editor.