Friday, November 5, 2010

My Brains and Bitch-hour

My main concern when signing up for NaNoWriMo (and NaNoWriMo-Lame-oh) was quarterly tax time which has to be finalised in the next two weeks. So, I am in the midst of getting dozens and dozens of receipts (ranging from those tiny shreds of curled, faded paper eagerly-torn from an original roll, to A3 size) in chronological order. The receipts also have to be sorted and then manually entered into an accounting program. 

While my poor, numbed-with-boredom left (analytical) brain is churning through each and every bit of paper laboriously, my right (creative) brain is resting. It is taking it easy, stretching out on a hammock, and sipping a chai-latte. Hours later (usually when I am home and tearing myself between my 8 year-old's homework and cooking dinner) left brain snatches the latte-glass out of right brain's hand and bumps him out of the hammock. Bad luck, year 2 maths!

Right brain is then in full gear. You see, I write best when I am standing at my laptop, between chopping vegetables, checking on the boiling pasta and supervising said homework. I call this bitch-hour. Also, by depriving myself of the joy of writing for a large chunk of the day, my sub-conscience somehow builds up the main parts of the story that I want to tell. These 'main parts' are what I hungrily type up in bits and pieces during bitch-hour. And then in the evening, when life has quietened substantially, I can then immerse myself and write between the lines, adding the cushioning, if you will. This is how I roll with my writing.

Now, you are probably thinking how presumptuous of her, thinking she has two brains? Well, scientifically, and anatomically, I do. In fact, we all have two brains, the left and right hemispheres, that are joined only by a bundle of nerves (the corpus callosum).  For thought processes our two brains can function independently of each other. And, as you may be aware, we are usually functionally dominant in one or the other.

Ever wondered which of your brain hemispheres is the dominant one? Well, here's your chance to check. If you see the dancer below moving clockwise then your left brain is dominant and you are more analytical in your approach to thought processes. If you see the dancer moving anti-clockwise then you tend to see 'the bigger picture', you are more philosophical in your thoughts and can present multiple possibilities to a situation.

The Right Brain vs Left Brain test

I am definitely right-brained and that suits my writing and me just fine.

What are you? Let me know in the comments section and what your thoughts are on this.

NaNoWriMo words so far: 4167

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

NaNoWriMo: Day 3 (Bad, bad day)

Migraines: 1 (big fat mumma of a headache!)

Analgesia: (almost) anything that came to hand

Daily word count: zero

Total word count: 3167 :((

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

NaNoWriMo: Day 2

Crazy Mum: 1

Coffee: 2 mugs

Tea: 2 cups

Coke Zero: 1/2 can

Baskets of washing on line: 3

Baskets of washing brought in: 2 1/2

Lunches packed: 4

Daily word Count: 1626

Total Word Count: 3167

Day two writing frenzy over with.

See you tomorrow...

Monday, November 1, 2010

NaNoWriMo: Day 1

Daily word Count: 1541
Total Word Count: 1541

Day one writing frenzy over with.

See you tomorrow... 


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