Left Brain, Right Brain and Stuck in the Beginning

Are you right brained? Or are you left brained?

Right brained people tend to be best at creative tasks. They say right brained people are better at the following:

  • Recognizing Faces
  • Expressing Emotions
  • Music
  • Reading Emotions
  • Color
  • Images
  • Intuition
  • Creativity

While left brained people tend to best at logical and analytical thinking. They say left brained people are better at the following:

  • Language
  • Logic
  • Critical Thinking
  • Numbers
  • Reasoning

In all the test I’ve taken over the years I generally end up about 50/50 between the sides of the brain. I just took another one and I ended up 40% left brained and 60% right brained. Sounds about right. And my current career requires me to be able to manage both. And its the managing of both that can cause a problem because I spend more time using my left side than my right side lately. Making the switch between working on eBook conversion, HTML, formatting or dealing with conference calls and other left side activities to the creative right side of the brain has proven difficult for me lately. In part, I believe, because the creative side is being used when I make covers for our authors. But the other part is that I use up my brain power.

No matter what side is dominate, you only have so much brain power. Yeah, yeah, we don’t tap into like 90% of what our brains are capable of, but we do only have so much energy per day.

I’m working on the 3rd book in the NY State Trooper Series titled Deadly Secrets. I’m about 40k into the book and its a hot mess for two reasons. The first being the left brain/right brain thing. I get up in the morning and go right to work…on the business, which I love and enjoy so much that I wouldn’t give it up for nothing. So, I carved out a few hours in the evening, but by the time I open up the laptap, move to the back porch (need to change my environment) I butt ugly tired and only crank out about 500 words. Never going to finish at that pace. So, starting next week, I’m trying something new now that school is over I don’t have to drive the baby boy to the HS anymore. I’m going to continue to get up at 5:30, but I’m not going to be making breakfast, packing lunch, and driving across town. I’m going to spend from 5:30 to about 8am writing. Then, eat some grub, and get to work on the other stuff. I’ll let you know how it goes. I think I just have to train my brain to function this way. Hey, the first book I ever wrote, I wrote in a hockey rink, so if I can do that, I can do this.

And hopefully this will solve the real problem on why I’m stuck, and that is the beginning. I know where the book ends. I know the climatic scene. I’ve written the climatic scene, but the beginning does feel like it’s the beginning. I feel like something is missing (probably more of the reason why I’m only getting 500 words, and not all the left/right brained stuff, but that made me feel better). Anyway, My GMC chart with the heroine is weak, so weak that I know deep down that her goal isn’t really her goal. Her motivation is dead on, but Goal and Conflict, not so much. The hero is set up perfectly, but it feels like the heroine is just there, not really part of the core conflict and um, well I kind of need that for a romance. So, back to the beginning. Going to spend a little time getting to know my heroine and find out what she really wants and why she can’t have it.

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2 responses to “Left Brain, Right Brain and Stuck in the Beginning

  1. Thanks Jen! I’m in the middle as well, which makes for an interesting life!
    re: “I’m going to continue to get up at 5:30, but I’m not going to be making breakfast, packing lunch, and driving across town. I’m going to spend from 5:30 to about 8am writing. Then, eat some grub, and get to work on the other stuff. “…… it works for me. It is the only way I’ve found yet to not get into too many other things and put writing last… it DOESN’T get done. SO, off internet, back to writing! Thanks!

  2. Jen, I shudder at reading that left brain list! LOL. I hope your new schedule works out. I can only write fresh early in the morning too. By 8pm I’m a drooling fool. :)

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