As a freelance writer, you need to use your right brain for creativity and your left brain for productivity and task completion.
But since I’m a science guy, we have to address the fact that…
The Right Brain/Left Brain Dichotomy Is Not Exact
The popular conception of the right brain/left brain split depicted in the infographic below and believed by many people is not scientifically accurate: many parts of the brain are involved in most functions.
However, the overall concept of different functions of our brain that need to be integrated for peak productivity of high quality work is a very useful.
So accept the general concept of the need for both creativity and logic/organization as you look at this cool infographic…
(Thanks to talented cartoonist Bryant Arnold and CartoonADay.com.)
My Left Brain and Right Brain
I’m much more in my “left brain.” That’s probably why I was a science major as an undergrad: first engineering and eventually a bachelor’s in biochemistry. It’s probably also why I’m a higher education freelance writer and display some introvert tendencies.
So my challenge is boosting my creative “right brain” and then integrating that activity with my analytical “left brain.”Here’s what I do now:
- I tune in to my intuition much more often.
- I write haiku, which increases my creativity.
- I walk and hike frequently.
- I live a simpler life, which leaves more room for creativity.
- I do far more things to stimulate all my senses, including engaging in many of the political, cultural, and artistic activities in my new home of Ashland, Oregon and spending much more time with my partner Stephanie and my friends and family.
The Reality: Freelance Writers Need Both Sides of the Brain
We definitely need to tap into the freewheeling idea-generating right side of our brains, but we also need the analysis and discipline that comes from the left side of our brains.
As a freelance writer, how well do you integrate your right brain and your left brain — your creative/artistic side and your logical/practical side?