"I write because I don't know what I think until I read what I say." -Flannery O'Connor This is sometimes the first advice they give in writing classes. Write first to learn your thoughts, refine, rewrite.
I do not sit at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind. If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or need to write about it. We do not write in order to be understood. we write in order to understand.
Story Prompt "Pull the trigger, PULL IT" he screamed as he took the gun being held in his enemy's hand, and pressed it against his own stomach. "I CAN'T" his enemy screamed. "I CAN'T KILL YOU" Why can't he/she pull the trigger?