Left-Brain, We’re Back

Left-Brain, We're Back! (copyright Paramount Pictures)

Left-Brain, We’re Back! (copyright Paramount Pictures)

I’ve spent the last few weeks, intermittently, outlining a new story.  I’m using an old notebook – relegating my computer to the sidelines and testing the crisp boundaries of a lined page.  It’s an awesome feeling when you’ve been out of the game for a while.  Ink on paper – and in good times, a collection of streaks on the smooth edge of my palm – there is something real to that.

To say I’m excited is an understatement.  I’ve created something that didn’t exist (and what a perplexing protagonist he is, growing in the print in front of me) and I want to tell the world about it.  So much so that I want heave the words out right here and now in this very post.  But I won’t.  Because it’s only October.  And I’m not there, yet.

Come November.  I’ll promote my Mac to the bigs.  The words will flow right out of the gates of my outline and by the end of the month I’ll have something to show for myself. Digital blots and plots that resemble some form of the ideas I’m celebrating today.

More importantly, I will have revved a part of my brain that has sat idle for far too long.  That’s what I’m looking forward to the most – just maybe, a month of deep word-heaving, and I’ll be back – and I hope there is something real in that, too.

Categories: Creative Writing, Fiction, Nanowrimo

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7 replies

  1. I recently read an article that said we are more creative if we write by hand. Seems to stimulate the creative part of the brain. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by my blog and liking my post! I just followed your blog! 🙂

  2. yay! sounds exciting! have fun writing! (and sorry that rhymed…) can’t wait to hear about it.
    xo, tayler

  3. Why did I title this Left-Brain instead of right? Because I’m an outlining maniac right now and, the way I saw it, my Right-Brain was talking to the Left to say “we” are back. Yes – I way over thought this – so much so that I’m commenting on my own post. Wow, I need a pen.

    • Always forget which is which of this left brain right brain thing anyway. Which is me and which myself? And where do I fit in?

      I always used to scribble first – couldn’t think straight onto the screen but then it got so I couldn’t read my own hand writing unless I typed it up when I could still more than half remember it anyway. Solution was one of the first notebook computers – a mini laptop no bigger than an Ipad. Used that for scribble knowing I’d email it to the main computer for editing so felt free to let thoughts flow as they would onto paper without the inhibitions of a big blank screen on a desk.

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