The human brain is divided into two halves. The left side is the center for logic and the right deals with creativity. Traditionally, males are seen as left-brained and women right-brained. Of course this is a bunch of hooey. While each of us have one side of the brain that is dominant, no one is all one or the other. Neither is one side gender specific.
We all use both sides.
And both sides are dependent upon each other.
Most of my ideas come from the left side of my brain. I am extremely analytical and logic-driven. And while some critiques would argue with that, I didn’t say my flow of logic follows someone else’s. At work, they like to give us personality tests. I always rank in the .5 percentile of the population. Apparently, my logic processes jump steps that others need. Hence my dependency for beta readers and critique partners, so I can insert those things needed for others to follow the story. Even then, some don’t.
Oddly, to create a story I must turn down the left side of my brain and focus predominantly on the right. The creative side unleashes the things, events and people I see in my mind’s eye as the story unfold. This would be why I write a lot of description, I see the characters unfold like a movie in my head. Of course, sometimes the visual book station is on the fritz and I only get audio.
My left-brain says I need professional help and perhaps medication. That’s why it gets turned down low. But it does have to be on.
Unlike real life, a story has to make sense. The plot has to unfold in a logical way that readers can follow.
But there must be a balance.
I’ve written stories too left-brained. They end up very dry and linear. These are the ones I’ve plotted too much and followed the structure rigidly. I’ve never wholly written something using my right-brain; the left side won’t completely shut down. It works in the background.
Of course that doesn’t mean I can’t ignore it.
That’s why I have notebooks full of ideas, gifts of my left brain, waiting slowly to be translated through my right brain and onto the computer.
Until next time.