►Writing on Both Sides of the Brain
This is one of the first books I read on novel-writing, and it saved me.
I’d always been a tyrant with myself as I wrote, slicing into each section, paragraph and sentence as I typed it on the page. I was driving in circles. Henriette Klauser’s book helped free me from that habit.
It’s true that unrefined creativity ends up as just a mess in the mss., canvas, etc.. It’s also true that being cleaned up and refined is cold and dull without the fire of the creative spirit. My problem came by trying to synthesize these two halves in the same moment. You don’t make love and sort your taxes at once (or if you do, something is seriously wrong with you).
I finally separated my two halves (the creative and the critical), for they were constantly slamming into each other. I established a ‘Neutral Zone’ in my head which allowed both of my sides to flourish, but to stay out of each others’ way. So, when I now tap the keyboard, I rarely critique anything (either within the content, grammar or prose). I just allow my creations to pour out. Afterwards comes time to critique it on each of those levels.
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