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Left or Right

06 Apr

Me: “What is the difference between ‘all right’ as two words and ‘alright’ as one word?” Rachel: “I have no idea.”

That basically explains how my sister and I go about our writing. We just go with the flow, occasionally throwing ideas and stuff (like paper balls and straw wrappers) at each other amid distractions and getting actual writing done. It’s Saturday, a day of the week that I rarely have off of work, so we woke up early enough to go to Barnes and Noble as it opened to snag a table to write with our laptops. We were there from 9 to, like, 2ish, and we both made our word goals for the day. YAY!

I’ve been doing pretty well keeping up with my NaNo goal, not only for word count, but for sticking with one story as well. Usually when I attempt NaNoWriMo I get happy just getting some words written, whether they’re for this story or that novel or my random comic book attempt, etc. I’m doing my best to stick with one story and see how far I get on it.

I guess this is what I get for being a “pantser” kind of writer. I go where my story takes me with barely any outlines. In fact, I’m lucky if I have an idea for the story endings! The last time Rachel and I were at Barnes and Noble, we found a book called How to Blog a Book by Nina Amir, and there was one part that described “right-brain” writers and “left-brain” writers. I was definitely left-brain while Rachel was a right-brain writer. One of us focuses on the details, the other likes the big picture, and there were plenty of other ways to tell them apart. It was quite interesting, and totally made sense when describing Rachel and me. We both love to write, but the way we create our stories can be so different. Despite these differences, it’s tons of fun having someone to join on this writing journey.

It’s like one of those parties from role-playing games: “You have written 1000 words! You’ve gained a level! You’ve learned the move ‘Spell Check’!” I’m not sure what levels Rachel and I would be at. She would definitely have a greater Speed stat than I with the rate at which she types. Perhaps I would have a stronger Vocabulary stat, haha!

I hope everyone else who is on their own writing journey has a friend or twenty to join them on this quest. Happy writing, everyone!

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5 responses to “Left or Right

  1. Rachel

    April 6, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I pretty sure I was the left-brain…

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    • Kris P.

      April 6, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      Check the book! xD

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      • Rachel

        April 6, 2013 at 5:02 pm

        I did, but I couldn’t find it and I don’t want to read it.

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  2. pierrmorgan

    April 6, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Hi Rachel’s sister!! You two are a dynamic writing duo for sure. I’ve been dragging the heels a bit today but now I’m inspired to get my quota in for CampNaNo. Thank you! I’m definitely a details person, though often it’s not clear to what purpose these details serve…i.e., ‘what’s the story??’ But I have lots of fun anyhow. Cheers!

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    • Kris P.

      April 6, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      Hello, Pierrmorgan, and thanks so much for dropping by! 🙂 I’m glad we’re able to help inspire each other to make our writing quota; it’s so much better to have someone prodding you along and to compete with. I love having random details in a story and their meaning doesn’t become clear until much later down the road, haha. Again, thanks for dropping by!

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