Left Brain – Right Brain
How to bake a book, The Big Bang Theory, and apple pie.
Before we begin, I want to know if you’re a left or right brained person and does that influence what you read?
This is the question we will explore. You are invited to comment on this post. One person who comments will be selected to receive an autographed paperback of one of my books—your choice—and some SWAG.
In my growing up years, I am convinced I was right brained dominate. I avoided science the way a vampire runs from daylight. I took biology in high school and college—because I was forced to—yet managed to avoid chemistry, physics, or anything else the brainy nerds on The Big Bang Theory find fascinating. And yet, at the core of this TV program reflecting our modern culture, each character is searching for a heart connection—yes, even Sheldon Cooper wants love.
While in school, I was attracted to words, books captivated me. They became my best friend since I changed addresses frequently due to the Air Force posting my dad around the country and overseas. In the 6th grade, while living in Japan and attending a military school, I penned a romance. Ohhhh, the pain that produced!
My teacher, Mrs. Cohen from Boston with her too-tight panties (and if you’re out there reading this, yes, I really did think that about you) pulled my parents in for a conference. This was a baaadd thing. My Air Force father had to take off from work and was confronted with something he considered childish. “All of this over scribbles about two kids holding hands!” Needless to say, Mrs. Cohen kept a close eye on me after that, but also gave me a wide berth.
While my parents never encouraged my writing, it was my secret world. I had poetry published in a literary magazine during high school, and then while in college, I became a reporter for the newspaper. Words, I learned were powerful. And I wanted to be blanketed in them.
By now, you’re wondering how I’m connecting books, apple pie, and the science between left brain and right brain dominance. Stick with me and you’ll see.
I contend baking an apple pie successfully can reveal whether or not you are left-brain or right-brain dominate. I’ll lay out my premise for you to decide; however, you’ll actually have to work to prove me wrong. It’ll be fun, I promise.
All of us have two sides to our brain. The difference in the power of the left and right has to do with how we process information. The left side takes in information in a logical and sequential order. For intuitive and random information processing, the right side steps up. If we process with only one side of our brain, we can get lost in the world. Literally—like not being able to follow a map.
So, battle lines are drawn between the left and the right…I’m still talking about the brain here. The dominate side of our brain is often the side we rely on when learning new things. However, to get the most out of life, having a balance between the sides of our brains allows us to broaden our learning, thus our life experience.
This is where apple pie enters to take a bow. Baking is an art (just like writing a book.) The visual of the pie with a scalloped edge enhances the appeal of the dessert. We eat first with our eyes. Our taste buds tango when we see the golden brown steaming pie pulled from the oven. Yum! However, to get to that final mouth-watering experience, we start with the left brain—logical and sequential ordering. Baking, more so than other cooking, requires precision measuring of ingredients. Too much flour or too much fat and the crust isn’t flakey. Too much brown sugar or cinnamon masks the flavor of the apples. Accurate handling of the ingredients is needed to ensure a tummy-satisfying experience once our eyes signal for us to take a bite of pie.
Writing a book is very similar to making a pie. The cover might look great, but when you take a bite—the story—is it satisfying? Is there a balance between characters, tension, emotion, and the progression of the story?
As an author, I need both sides of my brain to bake a book. I need the right to sweep me away to the world of storytelling, but then, I need my left brain to handle all the details of getting the book to readers—the business side of books: galleys, cover art, formatting, and promoting, etc.
To bring my best work, I need to strengthen both sides of my brain. But does that influence what I read? Does your left-right brain percentage influence what you read?
It is my hypothesis that romance readers—like me—want books with a deep heart connection and a happy ending. It doesn’t really matter if we’re left or right brain dominate—it’s love that connects us. The cast of the brainy characters on The Big Bang Theory proves that.
If you want to determine if you’re left brain or right brain dominate, bake an apple pie. For those who avoid baking (like me), I’m including some websites with quizzes about brain-side dominance. I hope you’ll take one…or more and get your score, and then please comment about whether or not you believe your brain dominance influences what you enjoy reading.
Here are links to some short and entertaining quizzes:
Please be sure to leave a comment with this post and I also hope you’ll connect with me! I’m seeking a heart connection with other romance readers.
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