The one thing we all need as writers is a healthy dose of creativity. There is an unfathomably deep pool of writers in the world, and to stand out you have to reach deep into your hat to pull out a rainbow rabbit singing Sinatra.
Some time ago, I taped a show called ‘Redesign Your Brain with Todd Sampson‘. The premise of the series was to take Mister Sampson, and over three episodes try to make him smarter, more creative and improve self-control. To anyone who knows a little bit about Todd Sampson, you wouldn’t think he needs to be smarter or more creative. However, the third episode is impressive, as he trains his brain (with help from the world’s best in the field, of course) to overcome his greatest fear (hint: Houdini).
The second episode had an almost throw-away line that stuck in my head. Supposedly, you can help make yourself more creative by brushing your teeth with your ‘other hand’.
Why is this? Let’s look at this picture from the Left Hander’s Day (13th August, FYI) website:
Get a right-hander using their left hand to do things, and the new neural pathways carved in your brain will improve their creativity. So, for left-handers like me? Use your right hand; the same situation applies. Researchers now believe it is a matter of having a dominant side of your brain, not the explicit split as the picture implies.
So, free and easy… well, free at least. Brushing your teeth with your other hand may be quite easy, but learning to write with your other hand will take a few weeks of persistent effort. Give it a go for a few weeks, and check in to let us know if you noticed any significant change.
Who’s up for Monday Puzzles? Anything that helps fire up the creative neurons should be a good thing…