Sometime in the latter part of the Predynastic Period in Egypt (c. 3150 BCE), they began to use symbols to represent simple concepts.
Any writer knows that one often has no idea what one wants to say until the end of the first draft, and every avid reader understands the "magic" of discovering unknown worlds between the covers of a book and making that magic happen again each time the book is opened.
David's reference to "concepts or events" coming into existence through writing is a common understanding among writers.
Is the woman even going to the temple at all or is she merely walking a sheep in the vicinity? The early pictographic writing lacked any ability to answer these questions.
The Sumerians of ancient Mesopotamia had already come upon this problem in writing and created an advanced script c. The theory that Egyptian script developed from Mesopotamian writing is most sharply challenged by this development, in fact, because if the Egyptians had learned the art of writing from the Sumerians, they would have bypassed the stage of pictograms and begun with the Sumerian creation of phonograms - symbols which represent sound.