Category: creativity

Right Brain Creative


I always like reading about the mind, how it works, and how to make it work better. An interesting “mind” tidbit from my latest read, A Whole New Mind by Daniel H. Pink, relates to creative work and what inhibits or frees the creator.

The “know-it-all left brain” can get in the way right brain. In the context of the book, the left brain is the logical, sequential, analytical, computer-like side. The right side is more about the big picture, context, simultaneity, and intuitive.

Pink actually got this from another work, a book called Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards.

And the reason I bring it up is because I recall a pulp-speed aka prolific writer talking about a similar topic, shutting down the “critical” side of the brain so the creative side can go to town when it needs to. The question is how to do that, and I hope the book will show how.