I would say that the most active form of writing that I engage in is texting. Most of the time, the subject of my texting is boring, talking about stuff I have to do, what is due when, or what people are doing. Sometimes, I argue, which is, in general, a slightly higher form of writing, as it requires some thought, and the arguments I make require some organization. Most of the time, however, this form of writing only decreases the quality of my writing, because I never spell things correctly, and my grammar is altogether abysmal.
The other type of writing I write is math. It is safe to say that I really like math, so I have written papers about it and sometimes write random proofs. For me, I don’t really care too much about many other topics, so I prefer not to write about anything else in my free time. All I need to do this is a quiet room without music, a paper, and a pencil. I don’t really need anything in particular because in mathematics, it is the ideas that in the end count. Nobody gets rewarded for writing a neat proof; people get rewarded for writing a logically sound proof. I don’t really share my writing with anyone, except for maybe some professors, because, to be honest, not many people really care about math. I do this writing because it is a challenge, and I am intellectually curious, and there is nothing that stimulates my mind more than a math proof. This type of writing probably helps me most in the fact that it makes it easier to craft arguments, because proofs are arguments, though I wouldn’t be surprised if it also has the effect of making my writing much more dull.
The last summer, I spent most of my summer writing a math paper for a research project. I’m not sure why writing about math is so interesting to me, but it probably has something to do with the fact that writing math papers and proofs produce the most tangible results. If I had unlimited time, I would probably spend it writing or coming up with proofs. Ultimately, that could very likely be something I end up doing for the rest of my life, because I’m going to major in math, and that’s pretty much what mathematicians do.