Do you consider yourself to be a LEFT brain or a RIGHT brain writer?
Let us step aside for one moment and consider our brain – what it does for us, every moment of every day, and how we as writers ought to be making the most of this incredible tool we have at our disposal. Are we really using it to its full potential? Can we find ways to utilise it more and allow it to support our growth as writers?
Indeed, we can…
Let’s begin by considering the roles of each hemisphere of our brain and what they do best.
The LEFT side of the brain is the side for processing, sorting and calculating. It is the computer-like part of the brain doing all the processes and functions. This side can only process one thing at a time and somehow figures out how to prioritise these queued up functions based on your level of need. It is the LOGIC side.
It is also considered to be the YIN or Masculine side of the brain. And anyone who tends to use this area is often analytical, logical, good with working with numbers and reasoning. Mathematicians, scientists and linguists tend to be very prominent in using the LEFT side of their brain, and look at things very logically with their HEAD.
On the other hand, people who predominantly use the RIGHT side of their brain tend to be more artistic. They are often creative and imaginative, and described as tuned into the YANG or Feminine energy. These RIGHT brain people are often artists in some shape or form. Incredibly, the right side of the brain can process multiple data at once. Right brain people are very intuitive and often led by their feelings or their HEART.
Writers, in the main, tend to fall into being RIGHT brain dominant. They tap into their creativity and experiences to craft their stories, and indeed, fiction writers need to engage their imaginations. Connection with feelings founded foraged from experiences or ideas is the power behind a great story. Being able to write in such a way to evoke a range of emotions in your reader is the key to a good storyteller. You must take them on a journey in your writing on many levels, and tapping into their emotions is paramount.
As a writer, you probably consider yourself to be RIGHT brain focussed, and this may well be the case.
However, there is so much more to being a writer than putting pen to paper and allowing your imagination to create a fantastic story. Indeed, this is an important part, but not the only part of being a writer.
WHOLE BRAIN WRITING
Let’s consider you are writing your story, and your RIGHT brain is hard at work. Now, if you plan and structure your writing, you will need to create an outline — this is where your LEFT side of the brain proves to be useful. Switch to this part, and you will find that the organising and structuring process becomes much easier and less daunting.
Again, when you have produced your final manuscript, you need to put aside your creative mind and step into your LEFT brain to go through and start the editing process. You need to change your perspective to look at your work with a critical eye to spot the holes in your plot or characters, check for consistency, as well as correcting the typos and grammar mistakes. Many writers find this part of the process overwhelming because the RIGHT brain is not good at doing this task.
Then, if you are self-publishing, you need to take an analytical approach to the steps required to make your manuscript and work through each of the steps to produce an eBook and print copy. And, of course, when the book is being released into the world, you need to put on your marketer’s hat and switch back and forth from creative, for the design work, to analytical to know how to create an effective marketing strategy.
As a writer, it helps if you can switch between the RIGHT (creative) to the LEFT (logic) sides of your brain as required. It is about utilising the strengthens of your WHOLE brain.
The more you practise, the easier it will be, and you will have trained your brain to be your most valuable tool.
Learn to be a WHOLE BRAIN WRITER – tune into the harmony of
LEFT and RIGHT working together, supporting you to evolve as a writer.