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Does Writing Change the Author?

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger on Jul 30, 2014 5:21:01 AM

Much has been written about what reading a novel does to the brain. One study featured by The Atlantic showed that reading certain words associated with odors can trigger the part of the brain devoted to smell. Another study showed that reading a novel can change the structure of a brain. For example, reading about riding a bicycle can activate the parts of a brain that are used when physically riding a bicycle. In short, reading a novel can open the reader up to experiencing a kind of non-physical reality that is completely created by the author.



If reading can have that kind of effect on the reader, imagine what it can do for the writer. During my best writing moments, I slip into a trance that in many ways makes me feel removed from this world, a kind of Fringe-like alternate universe. The structure of my brain must be constantly under construction as if it's the Winchester mansion adding wing after wing with no end in sight.



Personally, I feel like my worldview has expanded a great deal over the years that I have followed the stories in my head. Some would argue that it's a natural process of aging and maturing, and while I can't say for sure that writing is what changed me, I lean in that direction. For no other reason than I know of, we are shaped by our experiences and thanks to my writing, I have experienced things that I haven't physically experienced. It's a wild concept that can leave you a little dizzy.


What about you? Do you feel your writing has changed you in any way?


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Jul 30, 2014 5:37 AM RedPrince    says:

Why of course writing changes the author. Especially if he dares to step outside his comfort zone and allows himself to challenge his own world view and perhaps talks about things he may fear in real life.

Jul 30, 2014 3:00 PM Seal    says:

In a word 'Yes'. And in ways so intangable it is impossible to evaluate the changes, not only in personality and interpersonal actions, but in brain structure as well.



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Jul 31, 2014 11:05 AM Bengal    says:

I've become the person that I am because throughout my life I've continued to do two things - read and write. Its my pro-active approach to keeping the synapses firing thereby keeping all areas of the brain healthy. So far, no negative side effects.



Dec 22, 2015 7:36 AM Ninian    says:

Yes, writing has changed me and I agree with you. While writing, I end up living in the scene I am writing. I see, hear, smell everything and I believe that shows in my writing.