Amazing Facts on Writing and How it Affects Our Brain [Infographic]

How Writing Affect Your Brain?

As a writer, you likely practice your craft without really thinking about how the process of writing affects your brain. However, it is pretty fascinating the way that our brains are hardwired to interpret the written word. You might not realize how much of an effect that reading and writing has on the brain, or what is happening in the brain as you write down a story or read a novel. In order to improve your writing skills, it’s helpful to know how writing and reading work in the human brain so that you can create written content that will have the most effect on the reader.

Check out this intriguing infographic to learn more about the connection between writing and the brain. It just might give you some insight into how you can become a better and more effective writer and understand how your stories affect your readers.


Writing Stimulates Our Brain’s Memories

Many scientists have done studies on how we understand reading and writing, with some pretty interesting results. They have found out about why stories help us remember information better than lists of facts and how our brains react to descriptive passages.

They have even discovered the scientific why clichés are so boring and should be avoided in writing. It turns out that our brains become de-sensitized to metaphors and sensory language that are used too often and these phrases no longer produce the same reaction in the brain. That is why being original is so important in your writing.

Ian Arnison-Phillips is a writer who believes that when guest blogging, it is important to focus on your craft and how your brain interprets the written word to create interesting material. If you don’t have a blog, consider reading this step by step tutorial for starting a a blog site.

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  • Rebecca Dierking

    I wish you had cited the sources of this information. Is there anyway you could post them too?

  • victoria

    I think this would be fun to post in the classroom, but I’d like to give credit with a citation–or possibly seek permission. Do you have the original source?

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  • Rita Mailheau

    Ian, Thanks for excellent piece.

    Some of us remember having to write out sentences as a form of discipline in grade school. “I will not interrupt while teacher Is speaking.” Forget the humiliation. Jotting that 100 times left no room for confusion as to why you were in trouble. 🙂

    Teachers understood the powerful impression it would make in the brain.

    Even now, fledgling writers learn the nuances of their craft by copying out the works of great authors. It forces the mind to slow down and observe. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Jefner

    Is there a way to have this printed for my classrooms? Or can you post the info so I can proper cite this!

  • Moonflower

    When writing anything, I create odd patterns of how conveying my thoughts will affect the reader,as far as to considering general facts,gimmicks, personalities, how my content will be welcomed by him, but to explain this whole process would be troublesome.Reading this I find i’m not the only one who does this.