We’ve all heard that different people use different sides of their brain more strongly. In my case, I’m a right-side brain person through and through. I’m “big-picture” orientated (a visionary, as I like to call it). I respond strongly to feeling and am motivated to take risks. I am fascinated by mythology, philosophy and religion and find myself fueled by imagination and inspired by symbols. Sound like you? If it is, us right-brainers tend to be impulsive too – we want big change now… dagnamit! – and we are the kind of people who usually just “get it…” according to News Digital Media, which published a test to determine which side you use.
I attempt to train the left-hand side of my brain, as an athelete trains their body. Left-brainers have got a lot going for them. They’re logical, good at maths, very practical, look at the facts, and are detail-orientated. They recognize patterns, formulate strategies, and tend to stay on the safe side. All good things, when you come to think of it. They’re the people that remember to take lunch to work, look both ways before crossing the street, and always do up their fly up after they’ve been the bathroom.
So I’m training the left-side of my brain by using my mouse with my left-hand. Apart from the semi-valid claims to being ambidextrous, the exercise works so far; I take lunch to work and sometimes look before crossing the street. I’ve since investigated other exercises of right and left brain training, in the hope to benefit my creative writing. I’ve found this: mind-mapping, which is an interesting blend of right-brain creative exploration and left-brain order-making.
Over at The Writers Technology Companion blog, they’ve been looking at where ideas come from. Mind-mapping is a definitely a great tool to record your ideas. Ordinarily, I keep small inspiration notebooks and pens in all my bags, so when ideas strike I don’t forget them! I’ll be trying mind-mapping from now on as it’s defined as “a kind of free-association method in which ideas are generated by association with a central idea, and then each of the generated ideas in turn becomes a source of inspiration for further brainstorming.”
Seems like mind-mapping is like the vesica pisces of your brain – you get to sit on the fence and utilise both sides. Whilst I will continue to bust out my notepad and pen, you could also use an online software tool like iMindMap.

The Australian Writer’s Marketplace is Australia and New Zealand’s only guide to the writing industry. While providing submission and contact details for the print media and publishing industry.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.