Write-Brained

The other night while I was trying to fall asleep, I was trying to remember the difference between right-brained and left-brained thinkers and I started wondering which one I was. I was leaning towards whichever one means you’re more creative and imaginative, but started to think that I have my organized, orderly qualities, too.

Then I started thinking about writing.

Whenever I’m working on a project, I tend to lie in bed at night, thinking about the characters, turning scenes over in my mind, plotting out what I’m going to write next. I like to think I’m write-brained.

The problem is, that night, I had just finished up my Channillo series, so lying in bed at night, I don’t have that story line to think about anymore. Which is why I end up wondering about random stuff like whether I’m right or left brained.

Right-brained thinkers tend to be visual, imaginative, and artistic while left-brained thinkers tend to be analytical and organized. I just spent ten minutes taking an online quiz to determine whether or not I was right-brained or left-brained.

The results to my quiz placed me right in the middle, saying that the parts of my brain have found harmony with each other. Then I did another one, with different questions. That one said I was more right-brained. I did a third one and according to those questions, I’m left-brained.

So, whatever. I’m sticking with my original theory that I’m write-brained.

Those first few nights after finishing a project are always so strange. I get so used to trying to plan things out in my head, envisioning my characters and hearing their words, that when they’re no longer rattling around in there, I don’t know what else to do.

So it’s not long before I start thinking of what to write next. The second version of my sixth manuscript has been done for a while now, and God only knows why I’m thinking of rewriting it. I’m sure it won’t be long before I start thinking about those characters again. I’ll be starting my thesis soon, a collection of twelve short stories, and you better believe the thoughts are swirling there, too.

My biggest problem is going to be trying to focus on one thing at a time. I’ve been working on that manuscript forever, so I’d really like to whip it into shape. I’ve been dying to really get cracking on my thesis and have been taking notes all over the place. I thought of a story idea I’d like to pitch to a few online outlets. And I had so much fun with my Channillo series that I’m wondering if I should do another one. What is wrong with me???

I’m write-brained. That’s what’s wrong with me.

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