Writing helps us communicate our thoughts, questions, concerns, and can even help us turn our random ideas into something logical. Regardless of whether you are writing a novel, a paper for school or work, or just your grocery list for the week, you’re stimulating your brain in an incredible way. The infographic below explains how writing affects our brain and the countless influences it has over us as well as others. Listed are a few different facts that are worth pointing out in particular:
1. Writing is linked to our memory – By writing things down, we notify our brain that the information is important and thus brings it to the forefront of our mind.
2. Stories are more effective than facts – This idea is a notion I think everyone is familiar with. If you want to understand and remember something – tell a story about it. When listening to stories, two language centers of our brain are triggered as well as the areas that are associated with experiencing something and making the story come to life; ultimately making it more memorable for us.
3. For best results, avoid clichés in your writing- Phrases such as, ‘had a rough day’, are interpreted as words but nothing more. Because we are so familiar with them, we experience no sensory response in our brain like we may have when we were exposed to them for the first time. Avoid these words because our brains will skip over them as we read.
4. Relish the feeling of being in the ‘Zone’ when writing- This ‘zone’ can have the same effect as meditation on your body; relaxing you and allowing words to easily flow from your head.
Next time you are looking for a de-stressor or are simply looking to stimulate your brain, grab a sharpened pencil and begin writing. Keeping your brain active helps you to be more productive and keeps your mind healthy.Your words, when written, have greater power to influence others, will help improve your memory, and serve as an outlet for all the things you feel and experience.
By: Emily K, Swingline Intern