Writing Affecting Your Mind
Everyone writes. Whether it be an article online, a book, a short story, a report, or even just a grocery list. As an author myself, I was interested in how writing actually affects your brain. Recently I read an article about how playing the piano literally rewires your brain and it made me wonder if writing could do the same. After doing some research, I discovered something amazing.
Writing boosts activity in the frontal lobe and the parietal lobe. The frontal lobe is responsible for speaking, writing, moving, reasoning, judgement, planning, and problem solving and the parietal lobe is responsible for processing words, writing, and language.
Not only that, but it boosts memory. Writing causes your brain to bring information to the forefront and forces your brain to pay close attention. But why is telling a story so much more memorable? When you write an essay or report only two parts of your brain get activated: the Broca’s area and the Wernicke’s area, both of which only process language, turning words into meanings. But when you tell a story the parts of your brain associated with experiencing the story become activated. If you read/write a story with lots of running, your motor cortex will be activated.
And scientists have also discovered that listening to a story can plant emotions, causing brain waves to link with the storyteller’s. This also boosts empathetic abilities.
So writing isn’t just a way of expressing yourself or telling a story; it literally improves your brain.
Random Facts About Writing
1.) Writing is similar to meditation: your breathing slows and your mind goes into a state where words flow freely from it, thus making it a very effective way method for de-stressing.
2.) Studies show that most teenagers nowadays have a literacy rate of a 10 or 11 year old.
3.) Clichés or commonly used phrases that we hear or read often eventually turn off the parts of your brain used to experience the story so that you are once again only processing the words. Which is why clichés are so boring.
It’s crazy to think that you can actually rewire and change your brain, but apparently the activities you choose to practice differ your functioning and brain waves.
Thanks for reading,
Julia E. Flowers
(PS–Bandit is healed now and able to roam freely around the house. Everything healed well and I think the only lasting “problem” will be the giant scar that will surely form on his leg.)