Right Brain or Left Brain? Which are You?
Are you a linear thinker? Rational? Non-rational? Imaginative or analytical? That is to say, you can determine if you are predominantly a left or right brain thinker. Or, are you more evenly weighted to both sides?
The right brain person, more concrete and non-temporal, tends to be more nonverbal. Non rational, intuitive and spatial thinkers often fight against the rules. Imaginative is the key to this personality type. Being visual, rather than verbal, is one hallmark of the artistic mind. Holistic thinking is perceiving the whole pattern at once, rather than analyzing parts. Imagination reigns supreme, while time is relatively unimportant. The creative thought process seems to leap from one idea to another.
Left Brain Types:
Mathematicians, engineers, accountants and scientists are often characterized as being left-brain oriented. Analytical, rational, digital, logical, linear, verbal and directed are skills important to these types of careers. An analytical person figures things out in a step by step fashion. After all, drawing conclusions based on reason and facts is being rational. Logical has to do with step by step reasoning to reach a conclusion. A digital thinker has a mathematical bend. Above all, a directed mind likes to have rules, feels secure with routine and is academically inclined. A temporal person keeps track of time and does things sequentially. These skills are more left brain typical.
Of course, these are generalizations and most people have a mix of these ways of thinking and problem solving. A creative writer must certainly be verbal, but also possibly non-linear in their approach to writing.
The Importance of Right Brain Thinking to Artistic Inspiration:
Going where the imagination leads requires an absence of awareness of time. Therefore, “thinking outside of the box” gives rise to new solutions and paradigms. Inspiration derives from the “artist’s muse” or holistic thinking. It is generally creative writers or the visual artists who are most likely to follow right brain stereotypes in his/her creative thinking patterns.
Ideas in this post are paraphrased from Betty Edwards “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain“.