This Is Your Brain on Writing

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Sun Jun 22, 2014 12:21 pm Post

New York Times article by Carl Zimmer on the neuroscience of creative writing.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/19/science/researching-the-brain-of-writers.html


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Sun Jun 22, 2014 3:19 pm Post

Thanks, nom - very interesting indeed. I'd also be interested in the next step Steven Pinker recommends - to compare brain images when the brain is engaged with fictional writing with images when it's engaged with factual writing.

Although... I'd contend that the 'creativity' required for factual writing - if it's to make the writing interesting and digestible to readers - can sometimes be almost as great as that required for fiction.
'Listen, some quiet night, when you've shirked your work that day. Do you hear
that distant, almost inaudible clicking sound? That's one of your
competitors, working away in the night in
Paris or London or Erie, PA.'

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Sun Jun 22, 2014 4:40 pm Post

If, of course, an index of 'creativity' were possible to conceive - which it almost certainly isn't.
'Listen, some quiet night, when you've shirked your work that day. Do you hear
that distant, almost inaudible clicking sound? That's one of your
competitors, working away in the night in
Paris or London or Erie, PA.'

 

 

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