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.

14055083_1075871055828417_1121114740106928900_nIn 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:

Sommmer + Sommer Brain Test

pt psychtests

A Real Me

13659185_1086900461348773_2448616264926930897_nPlease 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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Linda Joyce

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95 thoughts on “Left Brain – Right Brain”

  1. Linda JoyceLinda Joyce

    Thank you for inviting me to be a guest here. And for the record, I am still slightly more right brained than left.
    Smiles,
    Linda Joyce

    Reply
    September 13, 2016
  2. Carol SmithCarol Smith

    Left Brained. Enjoyed the test.
    Do you think that is why when I dance it is said
    That I have two left feet?

    Reply
    September 13, 2016
    • Linda JoyceLinda Joyce

      Carol,
      LOL. I can’t be sure. But I can’t dance… and my right brain score is slightly higher than my left. So what does that say about me? hehe

      Reply
      September 15, 2016
  3. Connie Hamblen WilliamsonConnie Hamblen Williamson

    I’m right brained and love to read almost more than anything else in the world. ?

    Reply
    September 15, 2016
    • Linda JoyceLinda Joyce

      Connie,
      (That’s my sister’s name, too.) Do you have a favorite genre? Do you recall your favorite book as a child?

      Reply
      September 15, 2016
      • Connie Hamblen WilliamsonConnie Hamblen Williamson

        I like many genres, but I guess mystery/suspense with romance mixed in is my very favorite. Right now I’m reading A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara so that’s really different, and long, and good. When I was a little girl, The Little Train that Could was my favorite book. What about you, Linda.

        Reply
        September 15, 2016
  4. EileenEileen

    I took the a Left Brain/Right Brain test and scored 50%-50%.

    Reply
    September 15, 2016
    • Linda JoyceLinda Joyce

      Eileen,
      Oh my! Just goes to show you that you can’t really trust the internet. LOL.

      Reply
      September 15, 2016
  5. Brynne HounsellBrynne Hounsell

    63% left brained 37% right brained

    Reply
    September 15, 2016
  6. alyssa weinzapfelalyssa weinzapfel

    47-53, but it said I use it equally.

    Reply
    September 15, 2016
    • Linda JoyceLinda Joyce

      aylssa,
      That is a curious thing about the test…it said I was equal, too, but the left side of my brain screams, “No! 47 doesn’t equal 53.”

      Reply
      September 15, 2016
  7. lili4rich@yahoo.comlili4rich@yahoo.com

    65%right brain 35%left brain

    Reply
    September 15, 2016
    • Linda JoyceLinda Joyce

      lili4rich,
      lol, when was the last time you made a pie? What are your hobbies? Creative things, I’ll betting.

      Reply
      September 15, 2016
  8. Kate Thomas SchoenherrKate Thomas Schoenherr

    Not sure, Left brain I guess because I’m right handed,

    Reply
    September 15, 2016
  9. Corissa PalfreyCorissa Palfrey

    Every test of I took said I was almost even. Which I figured would be the result. I’m unsure it influences my reading, I just enjoy reading. I read everything from science journals to erotic romance. So maybe that’s why I like such a variety.

    Reply
    September 15, 2016
    • Linda JoyceLinda Joyce

      That’s excellent! I have to read every night or I can’t sleep. Hope you’ll give my books a try.

      Reply
      September 15, 2016
    • Linda JoyceLinda Joyce

      What’s your favorite hobby? Something with ribbon and colors? Not baking, I’m guessing. 🙂

      Reply
      September 15, 2016
  10. Kim odanielKim odaniel

    I am strange i actually am 50% both i can back an apple pie and do the matmatical stuff to took test as a lark and it showed 50/50

    Reply
    September 15, 2016
    • Linda JoyceLinda Joyce

      That’s wonderful. I’ll take a pie, please. 🙂

      Reply
      September 15, 2016
  11. AleveriaAleveria

    I’m right brained, although some of the questions may have been skewed because I’m blind in one eye. 😉

    Reply
    September 15, 2016
    • Linda JoyceLinda Joyce

      Aleveria,
      I think my hormonal days skew the testing, too. LOL

      Reply
      September 20, 2016
  12. yvonneyvonne

    I am mostly left brain , BUT I also have my right brain side. Have I confused you enough 🙂 ?!?!

    Reply
    September 15, 2016
  13. Linda HeroldLinda Herold

    I’m 72% left brained, which is no surprise to me! This was fun! Thanks for sharing it!

    Reply
    September 15, 2016
  14. Kate Thomas SchoenherrKate Thomas Schoenherr

    I took the test. I use both sides fairly equally!

    Reply
    September 15, 2016
  15. Lori RLori R

    88% left brain.

    Reply
    September 15, 2016
  16. PatPat

    While not a math oriented person, I do follow baking instructions to the T. I get lots of compliments on my apple pie. I even make the crust from scratch too. But don’t you know that left handed people are right minded.
    Pat

    Reply
    September 15, 2016
    • Linda JoyceLinda Joyce

      Pat,
      Do you have a secret for making crust?

      Reply
      September 20, 2016
  17. BJ JamesBJ James

    I am 54% – Just a little toward right brained. Basically stable. My daughter, that I raised on my own, would be totally right brained. I keep telling her to start writing! Her crafts and art show an imagination off the scale.

    Reply
    September 15, 2016
  18. Terri MerkelTerri Merkel

    I use my brain equally according to the test 41%left and 59% right

    Reply
    September 15, 2016
  19. Catherine OjalvoCatherine Ojalvo

    I found I was 70% left brain and 30% right brain.I like to cook,read,walk on beach.I have been married 32 years and have 2 grown children.I have had jobs in the food industry and worked as an analyst for The Nuclear Regulatory Commision.The food jobs were more creative.Thr NRC required doing things according to rules.I worked with states and Indian tribes detrrmining where to put a final disposal.No one wanted it ,but NRC and Department of Energy put in the desert of Nevada.Nothing there because it id still in litigation.I love a completed project like an apple pie,finishing a booketc.NRC was frustrating.

    Reply
    September 15, 2016
  20. Kimberly BeaKimberly Bea

    I always test as 50% right brain & 50% left brain. I am not the greatest and math and science (just decent), but my left brain has given me great facility with languages and also grammar, while the right brain gives me a great imagination. Good balance for someone who wants to be a writer.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    Reply
    September 15, 2016
    • Linda JoyceLinda Joyce

      Kimberly,
      We really do need both side of the brain. I think we need both sides of many things, but lol that’s a different topic.

      Reply
      September 20, 2016
  21. Amanda OrrantiaAmanda Orrantia

    Wow. So 3 out of 3 tests said left dominant. I guess I’m not too surprised. Lol

    Reply
    September 15, 2016
  22. Susan McCollum DoughertySusan McCollum Dougherty

    I am definitely left brain, but on the average about 70%. I think that with some genres, it might affect it more than others, but I don’t think it does with romance.

    Reply
    September 16, 2016
  23. Jennifer KimbleJennifer Kimble

    A mixture of both

    Reply
    September 16, 2016
  24. Debs M.Debs M.

    took all 3 tests. first two was pretty much 50/50. last one was left brain dominant.

    Reply
    September 16, 2016
    • Linda JoyceLinda Joyce

      interesting. Which do you think is correct?

      Reply
      September 20, 2016
  25. Mary BrannianMary Brannian

    Love to cook; math, not so much…. LOL!

    Reply
    September 17, 2016
    • Linda JoyceLinda Joyce

      Mary,
      Your last name, Brannian, is interesting. Mine is Brannan.

      Reply
      September 20, 2016
  26. Lorena KeechLorena Keech

    As it turns out, I use both sides of my brain equally.

    Reply
    September 17, 2016
  27. Teresa HallTeresa Hall

    It’s been many years, but I can bake an apple pie. I always did well in math and science. I took all three tests, and 2 said I use both sides equally and the third said I was left dominant. I love romance, but I will read non-fiction on occasion. I suspect if I were all left brain, I’d like more non-fiction and less romance. Good thing I’m not more left brained. 😉

    Reply
    September 17, 2016
  28. TearlynnTearlynn

    I am balanced between both sides neither has dominance

    Reply
    September 18, 2016
  29. Linda JoyceLinda Joyce

    PJ,
    Thank you again for inviting me to be a guest here. I think everyone enjoyed the mind teasers.
    I’ll be sending the book out ASAP to the winner.
    Happy Reading to all!
    Linda Joyce

    Reply
    September 20, 2016

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