From the mind of a mild mannered maniac

My Right-Brain Rant

When I sit down to write, and I really start to slide over, into that fertile, right-brain territory, I can free myself of my earthly bonds, and constraints.

I slip away from all the mundane, day to day stuff, and escape into a whole new world full of dreams and possibilities. A place of my own creation, where the only limitatation is imagination.

Trouble arises though, when nosey old Left brain decides to crash the party. He is one heck of a party pooper! He marches in and starts demanding realism, credibility, common sense. All that boring stuff!

The other day I was off on a right-brain drift. It was great, ! I kid you not! The words were really flowing ,cascading onto the page like rapids over Niagra’s Falls!

Suddenly old lefty gets it into his side of the head to start editing.
There are some things you don’ t do in this life, you don’t tug on Superman’s cape and you don’t mess with  my words mid-stream like that.

“Get outta here,” I yelled, “You can do what ever you need to when I’m done here!”

He left in a huff, but by then I wasn’t in the mood anymore!

Don’t get me wrong, he is a handy dude to have around. I get him to do all my spell checking, proof reading, research, rewrites, fact checking and editing. When it comes to all that tedious crap, he’s a wiz!

A problem has arisen recently though, where lefty has been trying his hand at the creative stuff.
He is convinced that he is the second coming of Lord Byron! Can you believe it?
The trouble is that he is rubbish at it!

Yes, the verses are beautifully punctuated, and the spelling is spot-on, but the there is no flair, no feeling, and a totall lack of imagination. The waste basket is overflowing with his discarded attempts.

I really have to nip this one in the bud though. Writing is truly a division of labour between the pragmatic left and creative right side of the brain. I always try to let “Righty” fleshout a draft as fully as possible before “Lefty” comes in and tears it apart.
I’m certain that this is something that all creative people, the world over, struggle with daily,




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Comments on: "My Right-Brain Rant" (8)

  1. I like the way that you spoke throughout this. Telling yourself off yet putting it in a story. Still no card as of today, just saying, maybe tomorrow. hugs

    • Thanks Terry! I am constantly tell myself off 😉
      I don’t understand this, you should have received his card days ago! I sent it from Canada, not Mars!

  2. I have this same problem and no solution. It sucks, lol.

    • Sorry to hear that, GM! It’s maddening, isn’t it?
      Thanks very much for the Great Comment, and for following Cliff’s Notes! 🙂
      You are still my favourite Super Hero!

  3. Hhhmmmm, I’m not good at splitting brain duties. If one part of my brain is working the other doesn’t usually interfere. It’s enjoying the time off. 😉 But really…. I dunno. 😉

  4. Hi Cliff! Yes, I know I’m “really” late to the party, but I’ve just come across your blog, was perusing and fell onto this post. It is spot on! I would like to reblog this in the near future, with your permission, of course! Look forward to reading more. Colleen

    • Thanks Colleen! I haven’t posted in quite some time now, have been so busy in other parts of my life, that I have let my blog stagnate. 😦

      Oh but, Please feel free to repost, I am extremely honored and gladdened that you found something of value in my post and greatly appreciate your kind comments!

      Best Wishes,

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