Paul Graham has written a brief essay on writing essays:
I think it’s far more important to write well than most people realize. Writing doesn’t just communicate ideas; it generates them. If you’re bad at writing and don’t like to do it, you’ll miss out on most of the ideas writing would have generated.
Every time I read one of Paul’s essays I feel inspired to write one myself. It’s a pity I have the attention span of a gold fish.