7 Brain Based Writing Strategies – Lit with Lyns Writing Wednesday

This cool challenge to write with the brain more in mind, is part of Lit with Lyns Writing Wednesday line-up! It goes like this …

What if you were to write a book for a younger reader with brain based benefits? Why not start by  asking young readers what topic interests them most? Or suggest a topic that interests you and build curiosity for that topic with a younger reader. After selecting your topic, consider the following brain facts that can impact your writing process and a young readers takeaways. ! Brain facts into writing tipsHow does it work?

Let’s look at the first term plasticity – or the brain’s ability to change itself. Create a fun call to action in your book and readers will find motivation to act or do something that literally changes the shape and operation of their brains.

Onto the second term multiple intelligences – or the brain’s unique capabilities in every reader.  Survey your own stronger intelligences and use these in your book or challenge readers to expand their intelligences through use.

In the third term – working memory – which is like a sticky note at the front of the brain, readers hold new facts so that these can be used to solve problems. Show a new fact or two in fun ways that foster reader use of that fact, to capitalize on working memory.

The fourth term – serotonin – make down-and-out sense in any writing where you wish to build goodwill with readers, even when they might differ with your take on a topic. Lit with Lyns

Run from the fifth term cortisol – in your writing and you’ll likely help readers also to avoid that dangerous stress chemical that increases with cynicism, sarcasm and anger.

In the sixth term amygdala – you’ll find the seat of your own emotions located and the storehouse of reader emotions too.  Now that you know the amygdala is either tamed or untamed – your story is ready to draw upon readers’ emotions in cool ways.

In the seventh and final term here basal ganglia – you get to tease new ideas beyond the ruts and traditions that sometimes hold readers back from running with original, new, or risky ideas.

Brain based tips will help your writing to relate more to readers’ brains,  than default back to past problems that fail to grab reader attention. Oh – by the way – you’ll love the awesome and  diverse writing ideas over at Lit with Lyn’s Wednesday Line-up!

Can you think of ways you might use these few brain facts to stoke new ideas for your next writing project.

If you are interested in step-by-step writing projects that create cool books for younger readers, find ready-to-roll resources at my TPT website. Create a book


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2 thoughts on “7 Brain Based Writing Strategies – Lit with Lyns Writing Wednesday

  1. Robyn McMaster

    I know that I need to switch my reactions so that I am more “calm under pressure.” The Amygdala is the seat of our emotions and they can be tamed, but it takes strategies to accomplish that.

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