From Left to Right

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.


About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at She’d love to hear from you.
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2 Responses to From Left to Right

  1. danrshaw says:

    My grandma used to tell me that one part of my brain would recognize a problem that needed a solution and the other part would think of the solution and pretty it up so everyone would want it. The example she gave was something I don’t remember since I was three years old. She was painting the living room. She said I saw a problem that needed a solution. I was confronted with an open can of paint. I knew I had to do something with it. So I put both feet in the paint and proceeded to walk all over the house. She never did explain what part of the brain the spanking came from?

  2. That’s too funny! I still manage to put a foot in the paint and walk over the room I’m painting.

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