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 […]

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 […]

5 Reasons You May Feel Blocked as a Writer & How to Get Fired Up Again

Here’s the simple truth: The very nature of the art of writing incorporates uncertainty, experimentation, and a willingness to create art from the depths of who we are. Writing is a mentally challenging occupation, which requires more hard-core, cognitive expenditure than many other lines of work.

3 Ways to Get Your Writing Brain Fired Up and Ready to Go Each Day

I live on a small pond in New England, so I awaken to the gentle sounds of birds singing, and often to a view of mist slowly rising from the pond as day breaks. The silence and sight gift me the feeling of time, space, and beauty that inspires me to write each day. I […]

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

5 Essentials for maximizing your brainpower!

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 […]

Conquering NaNoWriMo: Two Ways to Perk Up Your Writing Brain and Push through to the Finish Line!

BRAINSTORM ON WHERE TO GO Now that you’ve been writing for 27 days, your brain is primed for a mega-brainstorming session. As you’ve been busy writing, your thinking brain focused on harboring and percolating that massive amount of new material you and your marvelous mind have created. Unlike any other time, your writing brain is […]