Daily Archives: March 30, 2012

{Reading Circles} Your Brain on Fiction

Happy Friday everyone! I’ve been trying to write this post all day but it’s 101-friggin’-degrees here in northern Thailand and sitting up straight with my eyes open is a challenge. My laptop must be at least 120 degrees too, it’s practically swelling with heat!

Anyway, this week we’re shifting gears here for Reading Circles. To finish up A Writer’s Book of Days, we’re responding to a prompt together. The prompt was: What I said was not what I was thinking. If you wrote something up, link it up below. I’m excited to see what everyone came up with!

This week, I’ve got a New York Times article for us to read, one that should even appeal to our more science-minded folk! It’s called The Neuroscience of Your Brain on FictionOne of the first maxims young, burgeoning writers always hear is to get rid of cliches. Cliched language, cliched characters, cliched plots are to be avoided *ahem* like the plague. This article gives us some fascinating science to show us why. Turns out, when we feel enveloped in a story, drawn in as if we’re actually there, there’s a scientific reason for it.

Crazy, huh? Do you feel that reading has made you more empathetic, or honed your skills at reading people as well as books?

Want to try your hand at fixing some cliches? Try writing something novel to fill in these blanks:

Heavy as ____________
White as ____________
I slept like ___________

Or rewrite these:
Her heart pounded in her chest.
It was the best thing since sliced bread.
He was a fount of energy.

Note: If you answer the first three with “bricks”, “snow”, and “the dead”, I’m officially giving you the stink-eye.

Have a great weekend! And don’t forget to link up below!

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