Right Brain/Left Brain
The tendency to lean in one direction or the other is fundamental to the human condition. The right brain appears to control the functions of the left side of the body (more liberal, change-oriented); the left side of the brain appears to control the functions of the body’s right side (conservative).
In writing, we can relate the right brain to scene and the left brain to summary.
Here are some opposites that fall under each heading:
The Left Side The Right Side
Extreme – too little movement, rigid Extreme – too much movement, chaos
As writers, our task is to integrate these two sides of the brain. In the same manner, we intersperse our stories with scene and summary.
My next blog will focus entirely on scene and summary.