The Literary 10 – Number 6

6. Writing on Both Sides of the Brain

In Shakespeare’s The Tempest, there are two characters named Caliban and Ariel. Ariel represents unfettered freedom, whimsy, and flight, while Caliban symbolizes control and rigidity.

It’s these two characters that Henriettte Anne Klauser invokes in this book to represent¬†the right and left brains. Writing on Both Sides of the Brain helped me understand that there’s a time for inspiration to flow and a time to let the inner critic take over.

There’s also a number of techniques introduced here, such as rapid or free writing (where you just cut loose for 10 minutes), separate chairs for ruminating and writing, and branching (think mind mapping).

Overall, just a lot of good things for writers of any stripe. I heartily recommend it.