Prayer, crying out and repentance from the depth of the heart, and the revelation [of that repentance] in actuality through rectified deeds, must precede the appearance of the light of supernal attainment.
Only by means of the revelation of the light of repentance, which is something that renews the face of the entire world, can any truly significant literature come into being and appear in the light of life within this world.
Shmoneh Kevatzim 1:719
Sometimes a person can only raise himself from his lowly state by writing down what is in his heart. With that, he rectifies the internal blemishes that were brought about his physical inclinations.
“Then I said: Behold, I come with the scroll of a book that is written on my behalf; My God, I desire to do Your will, and Your Torah is within my innermost being” (Psalms 40:8-9).
Shmoneh Kevatzim 6:34
Yaacov David Shulman