That got me thinking. Blogging is hard for me. I feel like I should have a point, but sometimes I just want to say what's on my mind. Logic versus creativity. Rational versus emotional. A blogger split personality.
Maybe it's the two sides of my brain dueling it out.
Have you ever wondered whether you predominately use the right side of your brain or the left side?
And what the bleep does that mean, anyway?
According to information I gleaned from the almighty and infallible Internet, the two hemispheres of the brain support different types of thinking, with very different characteristics present in an individual depending upon which hemisphere she or he favors.
So-called left-brain individuals think in a manner characterized by logic. These folks tend to be seen as rational, objective, analytical. They process things sequentially -- and prefer to focus on the parts rather than the whole.
Right brain folks, on the other hand, are more intuitive, emotional and creative. They synthesize rather than analyze, and prefer to look at the whole rather than the parts.
Often you hear this boiled down to creative vs. logical. But you can be both – a whole brainer – someone who relies on both sides equally. Interesting concept.
Lots of tests for determining your own brain hemisphere dominance are available on the Web - just do a Google search. I can't attest to the accuracy of any of them - but it's a fun distraction nonetheless. The one I used can be found here:
For me, an ERISA lawyer (ERISA who?) by day and a writer by early morning and late night, I’ve always seen myself as using both sides of the brain. How else could I switch from writing romantic love scenes (okay, not so romantic) to analyzing pages of tiny, rambling text embedded in the Internal Revenue Code or the securities laws?
But guess what? According to the nifty little test, I am predominantly right brained. And my score wasn’t even close.
Perhaps that makes sense.
Writing takes a huge dose of creativity (there’s that dang plot that must be developed), intuition (have to understand how your characters would behave), and a holistic viewpoint. And, of course, comfort with words. These are all right brain characteristics.
BUT, as a mystery writer, there’s also a good dose of logic required . . . and sequencing is important. It wouldn’t do to dole out clues in the wrong order. And the lawyerly part? I guess in the end, we all adapt.
Maybe that's the point.
So what does the test say about you? Do the results make sense given your interests and career choices?
I’ll end this particular meandering blog post (I am right brained, after all) with a shameless plug for my books. I added another mystery to the line-up, Killer Image, which has been revised and sent to my agents at Literary Counsel. You can check out a summary of that as well as the first few chapters of The Seduction of Miriam Cross by clicking on the BOOKS page, above.
Thanks for visiting my site -- and happy reading!