When Creativity is on the Fritz Turn to the Analytical You

The two-sided brain.

The two-sided brain.

My creative side is still wobbly, so I’ve been using the other side of my brain and creating paperback books. It keeps me moving forward in the book/writing arena. Switching the thought process is helpful. The brain, and how it works, has always fascinated me.

Our Two Parted Brain

Each side thinks differently. Left-brain thinking is verbal and analytical while right-brain thinking is non-verbal and intuitive. We use them both and often they work nicely in tandem.

While this is not earth-shattering news, did you know you can strengthen each side?

To Pump Up the Left Hemisphere

  • Write. Yup, that easy. This makes the brain order letters and then order words. Tweets are a great exercise because you have to plan ahead to conform to the space.
  • Do a crossword or Sudoku puzzle.

To Pump Up the Left Hemisphere

  • Take photos.
  • Doodle.

And Now…The ABCs In Print

The ABCs are now in print!

The ABCs are now in print!

I’ve been meaning to make paperbacks for the ABC cookbooks for a while. I’ve even received a few requests, but I didn’t rush to get them out because I knew they’d be expensive—even if I make the royalty low.

While I was at it, I did another proofing and fix a few typos (thankfully, there were only a handful between all the books).

I also expanded the table of contents for the ebooks.

  • Before: A is for …
  • Now: A is for Artichoke Crostini & Aioli Beef Roll-ups

To make the cost of the paperbacks worth more, I have them hooked up to Kindle Matchbook. If you buy the paperback, you get the ebook free.

Other updates:

➜ I added three recipes to The ABCs of Appetizers so now, there are two recipes for each letter.
➜ I updated the cover for The ABCs of Sandwiches book.

If you have the ebook, be sure to download the newest version from whomever you got it from. If you won one from me or did the blog tour and received a copy, let me know and I’ll send you an updated version.

⇝Here’s a link to the ABC Cookbooks page for more information.⇜ 


Do you switch over to your analytical brain when the creative one is on the fritz?
Do you have some brain exercises you like to do?

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Updated: March 26, 2017 — 8:12 pm


  1. Hi Holly – you're always busy and that's great you're creating the paperback books … as you say moving forward is the thing isn't it … probably my left hemisphere is well worked on … but right side needs some creative input – but that's in hand … excellent ideas for your ABC cookbooks – cheers Hilary

  2. I have several word puzzle games I play on my iPad.
    Congratulations on print! Nothing like holding your own book.

  3. How wonderful your books are in print. It is more expensive, but it fits so well for cookbooks.

    Creativity takes both sides of the brain working together.

  4. I do sometimes switch over. I love word games and strategy games. Congratulations on your book in print! 🙂

  5. Crossword puzzles seem to wake up something inside my head. I used to do them daily, but that was before I started writing for publication! 🙂 Love cookbooks. And I know they must be expensive to put together because of all the photography involved.

    1. Oh, these don't have photos. With photos, these would be triple the cost. And they would be my photos, which aren't so good.

  6. I do. My two different jobs use different sides of my brain and give each other a break!

  7. Lately I've been trying to find my brain! I've been brain tired–but not dead yet.

    Good for you for keeping your work out there.

    Arlee Bird
    <a href="http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/">Tossing It Out</a>

  8. I hope I shake my brain up at work, too, where all I do is proofread, correct grammar & do research all day long. The reason I hope is because…I can't stand crosswords and other games! Maybe it's not enough, though, because I'm suffering a tremendous on-going writer's block. Thanks for the suggestions. And congrats!

  9. Blind drawing is a good exercise. Keep your eyes on the thing you're drawing, not your paper or canvas. The information you need isn't on the blank page. Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is a good reference book for this.

    However, the most right-brain activity I've ever engaged in is throwing pots on the wheel. I'm only a mediocre potter, which is a shame because I love doing it. I'd sit down, and suddenly it's four hours later and my bladder is screaming. It's a complete, tactile mental vacation.

    Writing itself strikes me as a right-left synthesis. Right brain activities are wordless, but imagery is certainly involved. Nice post. 🙂

    1. Great suggestions! I love pottery. I'm not so good at it, but it is very cathartic. Now, what do do with that blob, I mean bowl.

  10. You know, I never could figure out which brain-side dominant I am. A friend once told me how awed she was that I could quickly switch from one to the other and how abnormal that was. The compliment seemed a bit weird to me, her pointing out what a strange duck I am. *shrug*

    Yay for the paperbacks! That's cool you got them done. I'm a digital person myself since I always have my phone, but I can never figure out where I left the darn physical reference.

  11. Fascinating stuff! My left hemisphere definitely works in words rather than numbers though, because I love doing crosswords and any word puzzles but I can't figure out or have any desire to do Sudoku.

  12. Back in the day, I used to do the crossword puzzles, faithfully (that was then, this is now…)
    I definitely have a 'word brain' as opposed to a 'numbers brain'.

  13. Very cool on the print and to get the digital for free with it. Love that. Tim does that sort of thing with his stuff too. Just a nice bonus.

  14. Dianne K. Salerni

    Ah, yes! Switching brain activities DOES help when the creative side of my brain is struggling. Word puzzles help. Lists help. I also found that writing stream-of-consciousness pages for a week or so will unblock me. (I compare it to sneezing into a tissue!)

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