Monday, May 13, 2013

Right Brain/Left Brain

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


Linear                                                            Non-linear

Logical                                                          Intuitive

Verbal                                                            Visual

Traditional                                                    Unconventional

Detailed                                                         Abstract

Technical/mathematical                              Artistic

Orderly                                                          Spontaneous

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.




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