A central question addressed by Alshanetsky is one that is quite familiar to me: What comes first, an idea, or the words by which the idea is articulated?
The first observation is that articulating our thoughts, in the hard cases, is our way of discovering what we are thinking. The philosopher Daniel Dennett in 1991 quoted E M Forster’s quip "How do I know what I think until I see what I say?", affirming that "we often do discover what we think … by reflecting on what we find ourselves saying."
1. Say what you think
2. Reflect on it (think about it)
3. Revise and decide
That's what I think!