Brain Basics in Text Symbol Pictures

So I looked at fear last week and I will examine memory and trauma next. Before that, it will be useful to review how the brain works in a nutshell. The basics aren’t difficult. Here’s a little Brain 101 with a twist: neurons and synapses represented in text symbol pictures. The brain is a network … Continue reading Brain Basics in Text Symbol Pictures

This is Your Brain on Fear

For something so awkward and squishy-looking, the brain is a deliciously complex and efficient thing that commands and controls everything about us. In the spirit of Halloween, I look today at what the brain does when we are afraid (with the help of Ellen Degeneres and her team). When you experience something scary (or stressful), … Continue reading This is Your Brain on Fear

Getting Started: A NaNoWriMo Basics Refresher

November first is fast approaching, and that means hoards of novelists across the world are clanging their swords upon shields in anticipation. To bring my brain back into battle, I'm recalling some basics. Here are some practical steps for getting started, a case study on my relationship with Pantsing and Planning and three principles that helped … Continue reading Getting Started: A NaNoWriMo Basics Refresher

On Revision: A Useful Tool for Deciding What to Keep, Rework and Cut

When my fingers were tip-tapping out words by the hundreds or thousands each day last year, I didn’t think about what needed to happen to get from that first draft to final. Between production and proofreading, there is a Schumpeterian-type (bless you) world of destruction and creation. But what do I destroy? What do I … Continue reading On Revision: A Useful Tool for Deciding What to Keep, Rework and Cut