Hi Writers,
It’s Week #12 in my Project 20/20 Build my Blogroll contest (see left for more details). If you haven’t been following along, I’m spotlighting one writer’s blog and adding it to my blogroll each week for 20 weeks.

One of the most amazing things about this project is due to the long scope of it, I’ve been able to watch many of the nominated blogs blossom. Many were relatively new-ish when this all started 12 weeks ago. And if there’s one thing good blogging requires, it’s continuity—you have to continually feed the blog monster, so to speak, if you want to keep a lively site that people will actually visit.

With that I’d like to announce my Week #12 add:
LEFT BRAIN WRITE: Musings on Writing and the Mind…
authored by one of my favorite WD forumistas Dr. Linda Simoni-Wastila

Linda is a psychology professor by day, writer by night. And she brings both of her passions together in this blog. Who better to help us figure out the connection between our crazy writer brains and creativity?

Here’s an excerpt from Linda’s most recent post “Creativity, it’s all in your head.”

Editing and revising sometimes feel like glorified secretarial work: typo annihilation, grammar correction, formatting perfection. It’s easy to let the mechanics of writing override the rest of the process, to get so stuck on the getting the words exactly right that you miss the message. At least, this is the way I feel of late, revising Brighter Than Bright for the 8th time (yes, the 8th full revision; my friend Jimmy’s discovered enough ‘ouches’ to cause anemia). Editing gets old. Real quick.

I missed writing new stuff. Waking in the morning, cup o’joe steaming by my side, the full moon blaring through the window, the rest of the world asleep, greeted only by a fresh white piece of paper daring me to write… anything my mind desired. It gives me shivers just thinking about it…brrrrrr… The revision process removes me from my characters and their sticky, complicated, crazy lives. It has to, because this stage requires the entrance of distanced critic, not the emotional writer. In other words, the polishing stage requires the left hemisphere of the brain, the home of language and linear thinking and logic and laterality, to assert control of the creative process.

Left-brain thinking, though necessary, is not sufficient. My right brain, where images and patterns and spatial relations reside, is where the ideas flow from, where the brilliant bon mots and the realization that your protag sports a ying-yang tattoo under the right shoulder blade originate. It’s the imagistic, intuitive, FUN side of creativity.

As I mentioned in the intro, Linda’s site was one of the blogs that was really brand new when I kicked of Project 20/20 12-weeks ago. I didn’t feel that I could recommend such a new blog then, because, as I said, consistency is such an important trait in a blogger. Well, Linda’s shown her stuff.

Congratulations Linda, on being the latest addition to my blogroll. And I promise I won’t even ask you for discounted psychiatric services.

Keep your nominations coming. There are still 8 spots left! 

Keep Writing,

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6 thoughts on “PROJECT 20/20 BUILD MY BLOGROLL: WEEK 12 ADD!

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  2. Kelley

    I only wish you’d quoted her blog’s dirt and prozac post. Now that is my all-time favorite post. 🙂 Made me reexamine all that time I spent as a young’un playing in the dirt…

  3. Cheryl Barker

    Speaking of revisions, that’s what I did all afternoon. Sometimes I do get frustrated with the amount of time I seem to spend on revisions, but on the other hand, it feels pretty good when the piece is so much better after a pruning and polishing session. I guess I just need to be careful to balance time spent on revising with time spent on writing new stuff…

  4. Linda

    Well, wow… I am so honored.

    I truthfully just now clicked over here, as I do every Friday evening, to see what blog was added to 20/20 and I almost spewed my wine on my computer screen.

    Thank you, Maria. This is a most pleasant surprise. The genesis of leftbrainwrite came when my writing friends (the Nudge-Nudge Collective, all WD forumistas) suggested I take short vacation from a particularly frustrating point in my novel revisions). Couldn’t stop writing, so a blog was born. It’s a ton of fun, and I enjoy the challenge of trying to meld my research and writing passions.

    This particular post was inspired in part by the latest articles in WRITER’s DIGEST on creativity, as well as playing around with the Oblique Strategies card deck designed by Brian Eno. Oblique Strategies? What’s that? Well, you’ll have to tune in next week… Thanks again, Maria. You’ve made my week. Peace, Linda

    PS. I can’t give you a discount on shrink services (I’m not one, actually), but feel free to ask me all your medication-related questions – I’m a pharmacist!