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The Writer Brain

Lateralization of the brain--a fancy term in popular psychology that assigns certain functions of the brain to one of the two hemispheres--has long been praised, or in some cases blamed, for a person's personality. I'm sure we've all seen the simple test of a girl spinning round. Does she twirl left or right? (sidenote: she switches halfway through, so it's kind of been debunked). The truth is, even if science can prove imagination and creativity take up residence in the right half while logic and problem solving live solely in the left, writers need both to craft a good story. We have to create and organize. Use vivid description and characters while putting down the ground work of a well-paced plot. In fact, the Writer Brain is a unique organ, functioning in a different way all together, and worthy of its own poorly executed MS Paint diagram.

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What's in your writer brain?
Amanda Hannah

Amanda grew up on a big farm in a small town with one stoplight, one school, and a handful of imaginary friends.She would’ve gone to college forever, but eight years and five majors tested her advisor’s patience. So she moved to Germany to explore creepy castles before landing in Spain where she’s perfecting her Flamenco.

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  1. I love "Where the make believe people live." I've always wondered where they fit!

  2. I showed my mom this and she laughed...then, very sober, she nodded and said "I think they're right. You don't think about anything else."

  3. It's good to know the make believe people live between my coffee reservoir and the coffee reservoir overflow. No wonder they're so insane.

  4. Right now, pudding or pablum. I've been working on rewrites, you see.

  5. I need a purpleprose frontal lobectomy.

  6. Actually the spinning ballerina cannot be debunked ever and does not switch halfway through. If you concentrate enough you can make her stop completely. I kid you not.


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