You’ve likely heard the term left-brain and right-brain thinkers. The left side of the brain is related to logic and analytical thinking and the right side of the brain is expressive and creative. To be productive and manifest what you are inspired to create you need both sides to be active, but some people tend to display one side a little stronger than the other. For example, an engineer may display strong left-brain tendencies where an artist will have stronger right brain tendencies.
As a writer we may think that the right side of the brain is more valuable because of the need to be expressive and creative, but actually it’s important that you have them work together in balance.
In school we’re taught to be left-brain writers. We’re taught to create a structure and then fill in that structure. But writing from that place is very difficult. What I have my clients do is write in a stream of consciousness. Just begin writing down everything that comes into your mind, without thinking about it. In stream of consciousness writing, you bring the message of your spirit through you and put that on paper. That voice of spirit originates from that creative place of your right brain.
A lot of writers want to stay in that creative place because it’s so much fun. I like to call it playing in the sandbox of creativity. You’re having fun and who wants to get out of the sandbox when you’re having fun? However, to be a really good writer you eventually have to bring the left brain into the process.
I always suggest that you do the writing and then let it sit for a day before you go back and read it. This allows you to go back to the writing with a fresh mind. However, before you can read what you’ve written you’ll have to change your perspective. If you read your writing as a writer you’re going to want to edit it. That’s a natural instinct. We’re so keyed into editing that many first time writers struggle to get past this. They want to write and edit at the same time and this is actually counterproductive.
I want you to read your writing as a reader. Try to put the editing mode away and read what you’ve written as a first time reader. When you read it back as a reader you will find these pearls of information that have poured out of you in that stream of consciousness writing. These pearls quite often become your chapters or your theme.
Switching between reader and writer is all about intention. Set your intention to be a reader and stay out of the editing mode.
We’re taught all the time to go back and fix our mistakes, but there is more process involved in developing our writing. Most people believe that their writing has to be perfect, but writing is not perfect. Writing is actually pretty sloppy. We can write one section over and over many times.
When published authors are asked what they like most about writing they typically say they enjoy the free flowing writing part of it. The worst part, they say, is taking that and making it into great writing. Polishing your writing is where it becomes more intense. But this stream of consciousness and left-brain refining process helps you find your voice, find your style, and what words you’re going to use.
So remember the right brain is accessing the message from spirit to stimulate your creativity, and the left brain, which could be considered your ego, is trying to make order out of it. The right brain is nebulous; the left brain wants to create something out of it. So you need the ability to move between the two. When you are able to do this without thinking about it, you’ll see your writing move from good to great.
Taken from our Inspired Tuesdays Tip Podcast which can be found in our Inspired Mindset Mobile App. Click here to download.