When I took Advance Drawing, our teacher taught us how to draw our picture upside down. She said, “Concentrate on the form. The negative space vs. positive space only. Shut down your left brain and let your right brain take over.” When you’re drawing upside down, the critical left brain cannot say to the right brain, “But that’s not how the eye look.” Then your right brain say, “Yes it does!” Left brain replies back, “No, it doesn’t.” By the time these two brains are talking to each other, you are a disaster!
“Concentrate on the negative space instead of the positive space,” teacher said. What is she saying! I felt ill at ease at first. But then when I concentrated on connecting the correlation of negative space vs. positive space, my critical side were shut down and I just kept on going. It’s like connecting a puzzle of dot-to-dot. You don’t know exactly what you’re drawing but by the time you’re done. Wow. It’s a magnificent piece.
I got an A on my drawing!
When we shut down our left brain, our right side brain becomes the dominant one and gets right down to business. Since the right brain is our creative side, it knows what its doing. This is not about calculating geometry or calculus which the left brain is famous for doing. So, each side has its own expertise.
Do you think writing is the same way? I think writing is an Art.
On my previous post “How To Write Effectively” I mentioned about creating good habits of writing 2,000 words a day. Writers shouldn’t write only when they’re inspired. Steve Scott said, “Inspired or not, having a routine helps because once you force yourself to actually write something, your internal critic relaxes and lets you get down to business.”
He mentioned the word internal critic which I believe that is the left brain.
The left brain is always telling you what to do and not to do. While the right brain is totally just the opposite; it is spontaneous and writes down everything on its mind. Doesn’t care how it sounds.
The right brain just writes. Doesn’t care about the order.
When you are inspired the most you can write 100 words per minute. And it just flows like honey. Every words correlates with one another. The words just pop in your head and sometimes you surprise yourself, “Huh…what!? Really? I don’t use that word often.” But deep inside you just know that the word you hardly use in your sentence suddenly popped up and it seemed to correlate very well with your writing. I don’t know about you. But I’m that way sometimes. Then, just to make sure I’ll check the dictionary. Making sure that I’m not using the word just to get fancy here.
Do you know why that happens?
I have my theory on this…I think sometimes when we read fiction books, we tend to read some words that we’re not particularly sure what the author means but because you understand the story you have that notion that’s what the word meant. In your head you enterpret the meaning in correlation to the story. When this happens, perhaps the brain remembers these. And so when we are writing an article sometimes, some of the words that you don’t use often popped in your head all of a sudden. But when you use it in your sentence, there is that fluidity of thoughts.
Thoughts fluidity are very nice. When the words are flowing, you know that writing becomes easier because you’re not trying so hard what to convey in your message. You just feel it and as you feel, you describe them in words. When I am in this mode, I just feel wonderful.
As Steve Scott mentioned in his writing, writing 2000 words a day will get your brain exercised. Get the creative side of you flowing. Don’t worry about what you are saying. Or how it sounds. Just keep on writing. Sometimes I find the tail becomes the head. Or vice versa. Whatever comes to mind, I just kept on writing. Heck, my goal is 2000 words a day, right?
Your left brain might say, “But that doesn’t sound good.” Just talk back to your left brain, “I don’t need you right now.” Just do your critique when I’m done writing, okay? Just let me finish then you can help me later. LOL
Sounds funny but it works…
When I’m on the go and my right brain just kept on going, I find myself sometime talking a different topic. Just because the current topic conceived another topic to write and sometimes I end up talking about the 2nd topic instead of the 1st topic. Do you know what I’m saying? Just keep on writing. Do your editing the last part. That’s when you need the left brain to do this.
Polish it last. Use the right structure English later. Take out irrelevant sentences or paragraphs. Substitute a different word that is redundant.
If you write about an Apple and somehow, you mentioned the fruit Orange…say a little bit about Orange just to make a point but don’t go beyond describing the 2nd fruit. But force your mind to get back to the real main topic, the first topic is Apple. Not Orange.
Women are better writers than men. Do you really believe this?
Let me tell you something. Dr. Dobson (Founder of Focus on the Family) described in his book that when a male and female babies are born they all have this “connecting fiber” between the left brain and the right brain. This connecting fiber allows the left brain and the right brain talks to each other without complication. The brain can enterpret each other without a problem just by switching back and forth.
But somehow he said, when the male baby reach at a certain age in their babyhood, they lose this connecting fiber. And so by the time they reach the age when they are more adaptable to speech, they would be playing with their truck toys and making noises like, “Vrrrrrrrrooooooooooom.” While little girls playing with their dolls and talking to their playmate saying, “Well, he’s the daddy and she’s the mommy. They live in this beautiful house. They have a baby name Johnny…” And you guess it. Little girls talk more about relationships while little boys just make noises.
Now do you see the language barrier between men and women? No wonder we don’t understand each other. He’s from Mars. And she’s from Venus. And how did I start talking about this? See! I’m saying this because I’ve got nothing to say. I just want to get it out of my chest. *joke*
I notice that most fiction love story novelist are women. There are men too but there are more women writers writing about relationships than men. Some people say that women are illogical and men are logical. We tend to lean more on the right side of the brain. We are emotional. While men tend to lean more on the left side of the brain. They are less emotional.
Women cries more. Men cries less.
I notice when I read my friends blogs, majority of the ones who have the longest comment are women. There are men too who leaves long comment but majority are women. There are women who leaves short comment and so I’m not saying all…but some.
During the time when I was blogging in Livejournal, when someone commented anonymous and I didn’t know if that was a man or woman, how I could normally tell is how much comment there is. If it is a short comment, it is a man and my guess was always right. Normally, those who leaves me very long comments are mostly women.
…and so women are the Right brain and men are the Left brain. And that’s probably why men and women are created for each other to complete each other and make it whole?! Am I right? What do you think?
The Right Brain vs. Left Brain Test
“Do you see the dancer turning clockwise or anti-clockwise. If clockwise, then you use more of the right side of the brain and vice versa. Most of us would see the dancer turning anti-clockwise though you can try to focus and change the direction; see if you can do it.” Source: Herald Sun
How do you see this woman?
Me and my daughter (Rachel) looked at this for a long time. She said, “I’m seeing the woman going anti-clockwise.” And I said, “She is going clockwise.” Not the other way. “Now I see her going clockwise,” she said. Guess she has no trouble switching from Left to Right. And I still cannot see the reverse though I tried very hard. Then…
Rachel said, “Try to rest your eyes. Look at the keyboard then look up again and you’ll see her going anti-clockwise.” And so I did just that and still I cannot see this woman going the opposite direction but clockwise.
So guess I’m so bad. I have no logic. LOL
Test yourself and see if you are R brain or L brain person or both:
LEFT BRAIN FUNCTIONS
words and language
present and past
math and science
knows object name
RIGHT BRAIN FUNCTIONS
“big picture” oriented
symbols and images
present and future
philosophy & religion
can “get it” (i.e. meaning)
knows object function
…and so now that you know how your brain functions, you can probably just learn how to boost up your CREATIVITY by knowing the difference from each side. Some people are just naturally creative. But some people struggles with creativity. And so now you see how Left and Right brain functions, those who leans more on the left side of the brain can get in trouble in writing more words, or drawing, or painting…we just needs to shut the Left brain in order for us to be more creative and get down to business!
So are you a Left brain person? Or a Right brain? Which one are you? Do you think this post helps you see the difference and do you think you can be more productive next project? Tell me your experience.