Wow! What a cool perspective on writing!
A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece about the relationship between writing and critical thinking. I think you explained it much better than I did...
"Writing is not about perfection, style, or long sentences that make the reader’s heart race. There’s a beautiful book from the 1930s called “If You Want To Write” about how aspiring writers sound “pretentious,” “lying,” and “dull” because they’re programmed to think writing is special. That’s not writing, folks.
At its core, writing is a thinking process; an exercise of learning. William Zinsser wrote, “clear thinking becomes clear writing.” A good article happens when the writer can take two disparate ideas and transfuse them to form a new argument. If that’s not critical thinking, then I don’t know what is.
It’s hard work, but I found article writing to be the purest form of critical thinking available to us. Here’s my suggestion, start a blog, a newsletter, or post on Medium. I promise you will see a dramatic shift in your thinking process."