The Part of Your Brain You Should Turn off While Writing
And when you need to turn it back on
I know you need your brain to write, but sometimes, I think our brains affect how well we write. I’m not crazy; just listen to what I have to say. As usual, I’ll use my story as a reference. When I write, I worry about what people will think about my content. I’d want to share an experience, but I’ll remember the people who will read it and what they’ll think, and then I’d stop and write something simple.
I used to do this a lot. I’ll want to tweet something, but my brain will be asking me things like, would anyone care if you said this thing? Or what will people think about you if you tweeted this? I struggled (still do) with this a lot, and even in my earlier articles, I wasn’t comfortable sharing all these things for one reason or another.
But one trick I learned was to shut off that part of my brain. We have two brains. The analytical one that does all the critiquing and reasoning, and the creative one that is more artistic, impulsive, and generally fun.
And as a writer, you want to tone down your analytical brain and let the creative one do its thing — at least while you write the first draft. When I write, I like to talk about the first thing on my mind and keep adding flesh to it. I try not to bother about what people will think — I just create.
Creating is the most crucial aspect of this job. And the analytical brain is not a massive fan of creation. It likes to critique and analyze everything we do. I got to understand that it’s the reason why it was so hard to write a complete paragraph without using the backspace key more than usual.
It took me longer to complete articles, and even then, they weren’t as lively as the ones where I just created without putting too much thought to it.
Don’t get me wrong; you still need the analytical part when you write. It’s why writing develops you in so many ways because it demands that you use all the parts of your brain. You want to ensure that you produce quality, and this is where the analytical brain comes in.
When to use your analytical brain as a writer
Nobody likes those situations when you start to see blunders after your post has gone live. It’s embarrassing and frustrating. This happens when you don’t involve the analytical part of your brain when you proofread.
There’s a reason why many proofreaders and editors are not writers. They’ve strengthened their analytical brain so much that the creative part of them is struggling.
If you can’t hire a proofreader, you can do it yourself, but I must warn you; never proofread immediately you’re done writing an article. It’s going to be a disaster because you will be too tired to see errors.
You will be so proud of yourself for writing the content that you won’t even see the errors. It’s like how you start a new relationship with someone, and you’ve been blinded by love so much that you don’t see the red flags and flaws at first.
You only start to see these flaws when you spend time with the person — just like your content. What I do is I give my articles a day or two. This way, the admiration would have died down, and my analytical brain will be fully juiced to spot errors.
Shut down your analytical brain as you write, then turn it back on when you edit. This will make you create more engaging, error-free content.
Thank you for reading