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To Spark Genius, Read Works the Opposite in Style, Genre, or Format of What You Want to Write

Reading works that are very different from what you want to write is a great way to spark ideas and to shake up a tendency to be too rote, traditional, or predictable when writing. If you write historical novels, for example, reading science fiction could loosen up your tendency to be a little rigid when […]

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6 Ways Reading Fires Up Your Writing Brain

Our brains are amazing thinking, dreaming, imagining, and producing machines, reliant upon their masters to program, nurture, guide, and direct them.

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How Drawing and Painting Keep Your Brain Young – and Fired Up to Write!

Want to keep your writing brain fired up and growing well into old age? Draw or paint an object, a landscape, a person, an abstract, or whatever captures your eyes or occurs to your creative instincts. A recent study reported in PLOS ONE: “How Art Changes Your Brain: Differential Effects of Visual Art Production and Cognitive […]

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Use Images to Fire Up Your Writing Neurons

Finding or creating a visual representation of the story you are writing helps your brain get fired up and achieve the sort of global ignition that lights up the neuronal network you’ve created (related to writing that particular story). A University of Toronto meta-analysis, published in the journal Brain and Cognition, found that viewing paintings not only […]

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5 Things You Need to Know to Fire Up Your Writing Brain in 2016

5 Essentials for maximizing your brainpower!

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If You Want Fireworks, Choose a Topic That Excites You

If every time you plan to write, you experience resistance or just can’t seem to get your brain fired up once you do start, it may be that you don’t like what you’re writing about, whether it’s the characters, the situation, or the story. As we’ve discussed, your neurons (brain cells) construct elaborate networks in […]

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4 Ways to Crystalize Your Intelligence Around Writing

To become a better writer, here are 4 things you can to do bolster neuronal networks and thereby fire up your writing brain.