Friday, Feb 06, 2009

Right-Brain Writing

Dear Power Writer, 

Recently, I received an email from a former student of mine. She complained of struggling with her writing and often becoming “frozen” as obstacle after obstacle kept her from moving forward. 

As I read her email, I instantly understood the reason for her struggle. She was trying to write out of her left brain instead of her right brain. She was allowing her left brain (the editor part of writing) to interfere with her right brain (the creator part of writing). 

I suggested that when she writes, she not worry about grammar, punctuation, or style. Instead, she should just pour out everything that is in her heart, without critiquing it or judging it. Then, after she’d poured out her heart on paper, she could go back to polish what she’d written. 

A short time later I got another email from my former student. Her whole attitude had changed. She’d followed my advice and now felt free in her writing. 

Perhaps you too are having the same problem. If so, follow the advice I gave to my student. Then let me know the results you experience in your own writing.




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2 thoughts on “Right-Brain Writing

  1. I have a difficult time writing without editing as I go. But when I’m working out a plotline or character, I let myself go wild with all the “what ifs”

    I also work hard to get to know my characters. Then I find myself simply writing the story without worrying about anything else until I’m done the chapter. After that, I simply must reread and fix things. 🙂

    It helps to let it sit at least overnight, though, before making any big changes.

    We all have to find what works for us. The thing is to keep going.

    February 7, 2009 at 1:47 PM