Plan your non fiction book #3 – planning and your brain

Earlier in this series I asked you what kind of planner you are and gave some clues (planning hints and tips) about how best you could tackle your book. Today all I want to do is to ask you to consider the incredible benefits that flexing your behaviour can bring to you, your life, your business and your book. And it’s all down to something called your brain.

Your brain is constantly changing – it is a work in progress. From birth until now certain networks have been growing, and others lost, depending upon what you have focused on. Which explains your ability to do certain things with ease (and others not) and your behavioural preferences. It appears that it is all a perception that you can’t do certain things. How many times have you heard yourself say, ‘oh I am a creative I don’t do numbers’ or ‘I like logic and how, don’t give me that fluffy big picture stuff’. Ok, maybe not those exact phrases, but you get my point, we say things about who we are and what we can or can’t do and those things start to define our capabilities.

On the other hand if you tell yourself that you can, you will find a way to make it happen. It may be hard to start, but you can, I promise.

Take me as a case in point. I am a catalyst; I love ideas, fresh and new excites me, but getting things finished always feels like a chore. I looked at what I believed were my catalyst strengths and found a way to get things done. I’ve learned to adapt. I did stuff in chunks – so that it was always new and exciting. Ok editing is not exciting, but the end result is.

Brain plasticity

Not matter what you are telling yourself right now, know that your brain has the ability to change and that ability is called plasticity. The brain and your behaviour is not fixed, and because it is not fixed, you can learn to adapt and flex your behaviour. So whether you are an A, B, C, D kind of planner shouldn’t matter. What matters is you recognise what your preferences are and then decide to find a way to flex and grow.

Planning, writing and editing a book will certainly challenge you in many different ways. Some of you will adore planning, some will get bogged down in it and never write, some will just write, not plan and get into a mess and many other combinations in between.The good news is that you can adapt and learn new skills, and that is what this book journey will do for you.

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If you don’t use your brain, 1000’s of neural networks will disappear. I believe that all of the aspects of writing challenge so many parts of the brain. Just imagine what the joy of having a book, will do for your brain. Even better know that the journey to published author is helping your brain to grow.

It is incredible to think that all of those things you thought you couldn’t change, can be changed.

Michael Merzenich: Growing evidence of brain plasticity

One more video before you go

I adore this RSA animate video of Iain McGilchrist and the divided brain

http://www.thersa.org/events/rsaanimate/animate/rsa-animate-the-divided-brain

Re-read what  kind of planner are you’ (read to the end of the article to unlock your chapter) and write 5 ways that you will adapt your style to ensure your book gets planned and written.

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  • What kind of planner am I and why is this important to know?
  • What tools and resources do I need?
  • What is the process and cost of writing and publishing a book?
  • How long will it take me?
  • How do I get ideas for my book?
  • How do I choose the ONE big idea for my book?
  • What is an outline and how do I create one?
  • How can I structure my chapters?
  • How do I create and use a book proposal?

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Resources

http://www.brainfitplan.com/did-you-know/brain-plasticity/

8 Replies to “Plan your non fiction book #3 – planning and your brain”

  1. You know, this is titled as being helpful to non-fiction writers, but I think your tips apply just as well to fiction writers. We all have that self-doubt, and those limitations we put on ourselves. Great article.

  2. Oh my goodness, I walked out my house this morning to run to the store and left my phone and money. Walking back I kept thinking how this wasn’t the first time and I really need to exercise my brain because I’m really getting forgetful. And now I’m reading your post. Talk about a smack upside the head. Thank you for the info. (coming from UBC)

  3. You know, Jacqui – before I go find out what kind of planner I am, I know there sometimes I am much better at planning and other times I like to wing it! It sometimes drives my wife crazy, especially when she is expecting one or the other!

    And writing a book?? That is on my 2015 goals list!

    Thanks!

    1. Paul, yay to putting a book on your list. Now you have to take action. I like to wing it sometimes, but when it comes to a book, planning it out works every time. So you like to keep your poor wife on her toes…

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