Upside Down

˙ʎןʇuǝɹǝɟɟıp sƃuıɥʇ ʇɐ ʞooן oʇ ʇuɐʍ ʇsnɾ noʎ sǝɯıʇǝɯos

When you look at everything rightside up, all the time, you see pretty much the same thing, all the time. Which is why I will at times write in my journal in a wide circle, or spiral, or wavy line, or upside down. Yes, one needs unlined pages for this. And there is risk. One might write crookedly! Gasp!

But the upside down thing shakes off your critical mindset, and opens you to new ideas. Which is why Betty Edwards recommends drawing upside down, in Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, which has wonderful parallels for writing or any other creative endeavor.

Put your words down in different visual format than you're used to. Write sideways. Type upside down.

˙pɐǝɥ ɹnoʎ uo ƃuıpuɐʇs ʇnoqɐ ǝʇıɹʍ

(Thanks to Brittian B. for the upside-down typing thing.)

1 comment:

  1. I've not throught about writing in different style, circles and such. But I do use mind maps to help me stay as far right as possible (r-mode thinking) when I'm conceptualizing or brainstorming.

    I'm almost done completing a Betty Edward's styled course and went from no apparent drawing talent to having what for me is remarkable (yet beginner) talent.

    See these two works to get an idea of how going r-mode helps the creative process:

    I'll ahv to try writing differently. Maybe use my other hand....

    thanks again



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