Monday, October 06, 2008

Guest blogger Margie Lawson on Cognitive Style and the Editing Process

Hey everyone, today's guest is the amazing Margie Lawson, whose classes have helped me immeasurably with my craft. I've used her Deep Edits system and Empowering Character Emotions lessons at the final stage of my last three books, and I can't begin to express how great they are (the lessons, not the books--though if you think the books are great, Margie's system had a lot to do with it).

I'm seriously tempted to take this new course she's offering next week. I'm coming up on a deadline, but on the other hand, it's an edit/rewrite deadline, so the timing is perfect. Hmmm....

Today Margie helps us figure out whether we're right-, left, or whole-brained and how that affects our creative process. I took the quiz and scored a 9--whole-brained but leaning slightly to the left, which explains why I enjoy the rewrite stage more than the first draft "vomit" (my term, not Margie's).

Anyway, Margie is giving away free lecture packets (a $20 value!) to commenters on this blog. See the end of the post for details.

Hold Your Editing Horses! Cognitive Style and the Editing Process

Are you riding the editing horse with a saddle, or bareback?

By Margie Lawson

Writers – Humor me. Go with that image!

Readers – Humor me. Read along and learn how writers stretch the hemispheres of their brains to make their writing stellar.

Picture yourself riding a horse. Sitting comfortably on that saddle. Holding the reins. Galloping. In control. Enjoying your ride.

Now ---- picture riding a horse with no saddle. You’re leaning forward, riding bareback, moving with the horse, enjoying your wild ride.

Both riders love the rhythm. Love the exhilaration. Love their visceral responses.

HELLO Jeri’s blog readers who know me! You know I’m all about visceral responses. You know I love rhetorical devices too. Did you notice ANAPHORA in those last three sentences?

We could use those two images as metaphors for deep editing. You’re either Left-Brained, in charge of editing . . . or Right-Brained, and editing is horsing around with you, running you in circles, riding you ragged, or scaring you to death.

Multi-Cliché-Alert!

Does anyone want to rewrite that cliché-loaded sentence and WRITE IT FRESH?

If you take the challenge, post it for all of us to applaud your talent. ;-)))

I get Margie-points for backloading the cliché-riddled sentence with DEATH. In that sentence, DEATH is definitely the strongest word, the word that carries the most POWER.

I also backloaded with the power words FRESH and TALENT.

BACK TO DEEP EDITING:

Left-Brained writers usually love editing. Right-Brained writers usually have an aversion to editing. They’d rather head to the barn, grab a shovel, and muck out stalls that are knee-deep in horse poop.

I had to work to end the sentence above with POOP. Always go for power!

It would have been easier to write: They’d rather muck out horse stalls.

I wanted to use MUCK OUT – it’s scene-themed and evocative. Plus, the word MUCK sounds like the word it describes. Using onomatopoeia elicits an unconscious association to uckiness.

BUT – ending with STALLS, seemed weak. Hence, my rewrite, resulting in a longer sentence, anchored with setting details, ending with POOP.

Some of you know I go deeper with editing. The Deep Editing that I teach is editing to increase psychological power. Editing to hook the reader viscerally. Editing to create a page-turner.

You can add Deep Editing power in a gazillion ways. Once learned, it doesn’t take long before you’re writing to deep editing, adding power while writing your first draft or in an early quick-fix pass. You automatically think about power-builders like backloading, cadence, balance, motivation reaction units, visceral responses, nonverbals, writing fresh, and endless possibilities for rhetorical power.

Okay – it may take a few weeks to get to the automatic response level. :-))) BUT – it will happen.

Right-brained writers love the creative freedom of writing new scenes. They’re happy, happy, happy in THE ZONE. It seems like the happier they are in the fresh writing zone, the more they struggle and get mired in the editing process.

Left-brained writers may work harder at getting a new scene on paper. However, they’re nestled in their happy place when they edit and edit and edit, reworking the same passage for eons.

OKAY – Not eons. But it was a good place to slip in another rhetorical device. Hyperbole. ;-)))

Whole-Brained writers may have preferences for writing fresh or editing, but they have strengths in both hemispheres of the brain.

Are you wondering if you’re RIGHT-BRAINED, LEFT-BRAINED, OR WHOLE-BRAINED?

Take this COGNITIVE STYLE QUIZ – and you’ll soon know!

COGNITIVE STYLE QUIZ: Choose the one sentence that is more true.

  1. 1
    1. A. It's fun to take risks.
    2. B. I have fun without taking risks.
  2. 2
    1. A. I look for new ways to do old jobs.
    2. B. When one way works well, I don't change it.
  3. 3
    1. A. I begin many jobs that I never finish.
    2. B. I finish a job before starting a new one.
  4. 4
    1. A. I'm not very imaginative in my work.
    2. B. I use my imagination in everything I do.
  5. 5
    1. A. I can analyze what is going to happen next.
    2. B. I can sense what is going to happen next.
  6. 6
    1. A. I try to find the one best way to solve a problem.
    2. B. I try to find different answers to problems.
  7. 7
    1. A. My thinking is like pictures going through my head.
    2. B. My thinking is like words going through my head.
  8. 8
    1. A. I agree with new ideas before other people do.
    2. B. I question new ideas more than other people do.
  9. 9
    1. A. Other people don't understand how I organize things.
    2. B. Other people think I organize well.
  10. 10
    1. A. I have good self-discipline.
    2. B. I usually act on my feelings.
  11. 11.
    1. A. I plan time for doing my work.
    2. B. I don't think about the time when I work.
  12. 12
    1. A. With a hard decision, I choose what I know is right.
    2. B. With a hard decision, I choose what I feel is right.
  13. 13
    1. A. I do easy things first, important things later.
    2. B. I do important things first, easy things later.
  14. 14
    1. A. Sometimes in a new situation, I have too many ideas.
    2. B. Sometimes in a new situation, I don't have any ideas.
  15. 15
    1. A. I have to have a lot of change and variety in my life.
    2. B. I have to have an orderly and well-planned life.
  16. 16
    1. A. I know I'm right, because I have good reasons.
    2. B. I know I'm right, even without good reasons.
  17. 17
    1. A. I spread my work evenly over the time I have.
    2. B. I prefer to do my work at the last minute.
  18. 18
    1. A. I keep everything in a particular place.
    2. B. Where I keep things depends on what I'm doing.
  19. 19
    1. A. I have to make my own plans.
    2. B. I can follow anyone's plans.
  20. 20
    1. A. I am a very flexible and unpredictable person.
    2. B. I am a consistent and stable person.
  21. 21
    1. A. With a new task, I want to find my own way to do it.
    2. B. With a new task, I want to be told the best way.

To Score: One point for each time you answered "A" for questions: 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21

One point for each time you answered "B" for questions: 4 ,5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18

Add all points:

  • 0-4 strong left brain
  • 5-8 moderate left brain
  • 9-13 whole brain
  • 14-16 moderate right brain
  • 17-21 strong right brain
I’m curious. HOW DO YOU EDIT? DOES YOUR COGNITIVE STYLE MATCH YOUR EDITING PREFERENCE?

What’s your process?

Do you procrastinate?

Do you edit in layers? Follow a plan?

What’s fun for you?

How do you know when you’re finished editing so you can send your work on to a contest, an agent, or editor?

Do you usually feel successful at editing? Do you typically edit some sections of your book more heavily (first third, turning points, last few chapters), or are you an equal-opportunity, deep-edit-all-chapters person?

I look forward to your input. And – you could win a Lecture Packet!

YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO WIN A LECTURE PACKET:

Anyone who posts a comment has a chance to WIN one of my LECTURE PACKETS (a $20 value). I’ll draw one name from every 25 people who post a comment.

Winners select one of the following Lecture Packets:

  1. Digging Deep into the EDITS System - offered on-line OCTOBER 13th, 2008
  2. Empowering Characters' Emotions - offered on-line in March
  3. Deep Editing: The EDITS System, Rhetorical Devices, and More - offered on-line in May
  4. Defeat Self-Defeating Behaviors - offered on-line in May

LECTURE PACKETS for each course are available any time. They can be ordered through Paypal from my web site.

Please visit my web site, www.MargieLawson.com , and click on Lecture Packets, to read the course descriptions.

I will respond to comments as time allows during my work day. I’ll be on-line this evening (Mountain Time).

Thank you for visiting Jeri’s blog!

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138 Comments:

That was a very interesting quiz! I scored in the "Whole brain" range, which isn't nearly the blessing it might seem---often seems as though I'm torn between my creative and analytical sides.
I'm an aspiring fiction writer, and I'm wondering which of the packets would be recommended for someone who is totally new to the concept of Deep Editing? And will your workshops/packets help someone who has a hard time shunting aside the (naysaying) editorial voice when constructing her first draft?

Posted by: Blogger Kimberly B. at 10/06/2008 10:01 PM

I took the test and scored: No brain!

What's with that? Margie, help.

BTW, her classes are amazing. I can't brag enough about Margie.

Posted by: Blogger Mario at 10/07/2008 9:26 AM

I scored 12, whole-brained, leaning toward the right. (I laughed at the organizing question. No one would call me organized.)

I critiqued for my CP last week and changed one of her sentences around to end with a power word, and told her why. Love those power words. :)

Posted by: Blogger Edie at 10/07/2008 10:07 AM

Gak! Left brain--due to years of working in a lab and being a Virgoean. Coaxing out the creativity has been difficult. :-) But once on paper--I have to keep 'fixing' it!

Posted by: Blogger magolla at 10/07/2008 10:08 AM

I scored a 6, moderate left brain. Maybe that comes from the newspaper background. I wouldn't say I love editing, but I don't hate it either. And I don't endlessly edit things on my own - I do one full edit and then give it to various people along the way (friends, crit partner, agent) and then to the editor. But I do edits between each step. Uh-oh. Maybe that is a lot of editing!

Posted by: OpenID ajmenden at 10/07/2008 10:11 AM

Hello, Miss Margie! You know I'm a huge fan.

I scored 17--strong right brain. Your deep editing course has done wonders for helping make revisions easier for this right brainer. I already have the packets, so don't enter me, please.

Posted by: Blogger Jaye Wells at 10/07/2008 10:14 AM

I ended up in the whole brain range, and I had a really hard time picking answers for a lot of the questions.

I like editing when it comes to adding in layers and whirling things around, creating depth. I don't like it when it is about looking at a sentence for a million times.

I like writing new things especially when I'm "in the zone" but feel a pressure to get it done, which makes me like it not so much.

Does that help?

-Carrie

Posted by: OpenID carriejones at 10/07/2008 10:17 AM

HI Margie!

I am definietly whole brain and have known it since my college paychology days a whole lotta years ago.

i have trained myself to shift as needed. I really love doing edits but I also love the flow of writing a book from beginning to end with out stopping.

I will probably be taking your class. I feel no matter how well I do something, I can always fiond a way to do it better.

I write straihgt through ( currently working on a 100,000mpage ms) and then let it sit a couple of days, shift into editor mode and go through and lyer in teh words that bring it to more life. Using all of the senses I look around at teh scene and experience it anew and wallow in it!

Looking forwar to the blog.
hugs
kathi harris from HOD_RW

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/07/2008 10:28 AM

OH, and I have taken typing classes, both in college and later via computer. I can play the piano, but i can't typw worth a darn. I am dyslexic, does that effect editing?

kathi harris

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/07/2008 10:31 AM

Hi Margie:

Loved your quiz- I scored 17: strong right-brain. I really enjoy the editing part and just finished reading your Empowering Character's Emotions packet. WOW- what a wealth of information!

I was halfway through editing my book when I bought your packet. I went back and started from scratch using your techniques. Using your highlighting system really helps me "see" what I've written on the page and where I can make my sentences stronger.

Can't wait to take your class next week!

P.S. Kimberly B: I highly suggest starting with the Empowering Character's Emotions packet.

Posted by: Anonymous Rosemary at 10/07/2008 10:39 AM

I am strongly left-brain, which comes as no surprise. I love to edit. I can spend hours on a single paragraph. The hardest parts of writing for me are getting the first draft on paper (torturous) and deciding when to stop editing.

Posted by: Anonymous Gail Barrett at 10/07/2008 10:57 AM

I was a 14, Moderate right-brain... Looking at the chaos on my desk currently, I'd say that fits!

Very interesting article... I don't mind editing at all, but my first love is the first draft when word are flying out and images fill my head like a movie screen. I love digging through the thesaurus for just the right word to paint the scene. Fun!

Lisa

Posted by: Anonymous Lisa at 10/07/2008 11:02 AM

I always wondered what I was son I probably shouldn't have been surprised to find out my score is in the whole brain category. So, now I suppose I need to learn how to shift from one to the other? Hey, I'm 60. I don't know if I have time to shift!

Posted by: Blogger mschent at 10/07/2008 11:07 AM

Great seeing you Margie. Loved the quiz. Turned out I'm a moderate left brain. I'm not surprised. :) I edit in layers. I know it takes me 7 passes to have a polished, ready to submit novel. I look forward to taking another of your classes in the future.

Diana Cosby
www.dianacosby.com
Zebra/His Captive/Alexander MacGruder
Zebra/His Woman/December 08/Duncan MacGruder

Posted by: Blogger Diana Cosby at 10/07/2008 11:19 AM

Thank you for sharing that quiz! I scored 19, strong right brain. I definitely think in pictures and I have my own organization style...which some unrefined people would describe as clutter. Hrmph. ;)

Posted by: OpenID lilylith at 10/07/2008 11:24 AM

I scored moderate right brain. I'm not sure what that really says about me or my writing.

For me editing though is a tough slog. I want to get it over with, but after reading your article I am very intrigued with the idea of deep editing, and the use of power words.

Posted by: Blogger Patricia at 10/07/2008 11:31 AM

Hi Margie - great blog.

I'm whole brain, no surprise there since I'm an engineer by day and writer by night. Sometimes I love editing, and at other times I don't, so maybe that's a reflection of my whole brain thing!

By the way, I can't recommend Margie's courses enough to anyone who hasn't taken them yet.

Kimberly B. asked if the courses will help shunt aside the internal editor when writing and the answer is YES.

Posted by: Anonymous Anna Hackett at 10/07/2008 12:00 PM

HI Margie! Where is the online class you're teaching next week? Can we still sign up for it?

Posted by: Blogger Lynda K. Scott at 10/07/2008 12:01 PM

Hi Margie!!

Great blog!

Isn't Margie amazing!!

Cher

Posted by: Blogger Cher Gorman at 10/07/2008 12:11 PM

Whole brain--which I knew--leaning right--which I didn't know. LOL Hate editing my own work, though. Once the story is on paper, I'm ready to hie off to the next. There are just so many!

Posted by: Blogger Pat at 10/07/2008 12:13 PM

Great advice and motivation. Now I want to learn more about using my cognitive style for editing. Thanks.

June Shaw

Posted by: Anonymous June Shaw at 10/07/2008 12:51 PM

How interesting! I was a 3, strongly left brain. I love to edit and sometimes can use up all my writing time "tinkering" with what I've already written. I write with a plan, I set out an outline with possible scenes, then I write them in order. Whew! That sounds awful O/C doesn't it?

Judy W

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/07/2008 12:56 PM

Ha! I'm whole-brained...scored a 12! Does this mean I'm beyond help? LOL! :) Interesting quiz.

Posted by: Blogger Patrice Michelle at 10/07/2008 1:02 PM

Hi Jeri and Margie!

I'm a whole brainer tending toward the right. Makes sense when I think about how I work.

I tend to work on the early chapters until I hit my flow, then save the gritty editing for later. I layer, and do 4 or more passes. Thankfully, Margie's courses have helped me apply more techniques. Some are even automatic now - woohoo!

Another awesome blog, Margie and Jeri. Thanks for the fun!

Light,
Nancy Haddock
Va Vida Vampire

Posted by: Blogger Nancy at 10/07/2008 1:14 PM

I got a 9, whole brain, leaning left. Somehow this doesn't surprise me; I've always been good at doing both the math/science thing and the creative thing. But editing is always easier for me than getting that first draft down is. First drafts can be torture.

Posted by: Blogger Celeste at 10/07/2008 1:17 PM

I scored a whole-brained--hmm--is that a good thing? I'm a pantser who edits until I "feel" it is right. But that can be a trap. How do I guard against over-editing?

Loved your Empowering Characters Emotions class, Margie!

Posted by: Blogger Anne Carrole at 10/07/2008 1:18 PM

"You’re either Left-Brained, in charge of editing . . . or Right-Brained, and editing is horsing around with you, running you in circles, riding you ragged, or scaring you to death."

You're either a left-brained writer, editing your work with the precision and control of dressage... or you're right-brained, and editing has you at the end of a long rope staring down your manuscript wild-eyed and wishing you knew the word-whisperer's secret.

I'm with kimberly. Smack-dab in the whole-brain herd. Which might explain why I like to plot just enough to get the lay of the land, then I jump right in and write my favorite scenes first.

Posted by: Anonymous jen h. at 10/07/2008 1:22 PM

I scored 13 - whole brain tending to right, which is something I've known for a long time. I'm a slow writer. It takes me a long time to get things down on paper. On the other hand, I don't usually do much editing. I may add or change things in my story, but I don't play with the words very much. Editing while I'm writing my first draft is one way I procrastinate. I've taken your Empowering Emotions workshop and thought it was great. But sitting down and analyzing each sentence, highlighting, etc. is not something I've done as yet. I have your first three lecture packets, so I know what I'm "supposed" to do, but I think it's too left-brained for me (or I'm just lazy).

Posted by: Blogger KathyW at 10/07/2008 1:37 PM

Margie - Amberly here. I'm smiling. I scored a 16, which surprised me. I knew that I was right brained - I edit only because it's requried and I love new pages and it's done when it feels done - but I figured I'd be closer to the whole brain middle. I'm looking forward to your Master Class Weekend with Bob Mayer next June.
How I edit? I need pen and paper for my tactile crave. And to focus and not procrastinate I need solitude. Crave and Solitude backended, not bad. I tried to do tactile but it didn't work.

Posted by: OpenID loushy at 10/07/2008 1:41 PM

OK, I see Amberly deep-editing her post. In my re-write of the editing sentence, I considered ending with "...wishing you knew how to word-whisper." Would that have been better? (fresher? more power?) I decided ending with "secret" was a more powerful word-choice, but what do you think?

Posted by: Anonymous jen h. at 10/07/2008 1:50 PM

BONUS WINNER! -- from Margie :-)))


Hello everyone!


Thank you all for stopping by Jeri's blog. I enjoyed your comments -- and will respond to some posts now, the rest later.


I'll start with the oh-so-talented Jen H. Jen (whoever you are!), I'm gifting a Lecture Packet to you. You're the first (and so far, the only) to respond to my challenge and NIX THE CLICHES in one of my blog sentences.


Well done! I love it! Fresh writing. Scene-themed. Strong cadence. And it carries power.


Jen -- Please e-mail me privately and let me know which of my four Lecture Packets you'd like!


I'll do a drawing for every 25 people who comment -- and one of them will win a Lecture Packet. Drawings will start LATE tonight (after I get home from critique group!). If more people post tomorrow, I'll do drawings at 9PM Mountain Time on Wednesday.


Here's my kill-you-with-cliches sentence, followed by Jen's FRESH rewrite. I loved the word-whisperer's secret. What powerful backloading! And your fresh writing soars. Kudos to Jen H!


All Smiles............Margie



You’re either Left-Brained, in charge of editing . . . or Right-Brained, and editing is horsing around with you, running you in circles, riding you ragged, or scaring you to death."


You're either a left-brained writer, editing your work with the precision and control of dressage... or you're right-brained, and editing has you at the end of a long rope staring down your manuscript wild-eyed and wishing you knew the word-whisperer's secret.


Posted by: jen h. at 10/07/2008 1:22 PM


Best...............Margie
www.MargieLawson.com

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/07/2008 2:15 PM

Kimberly B --

Ah - You're a torn whole-brained writer. Ouch! You can learn to optimize right and left hemispheres, and not feel cleaved. :-)))

Start with Empowering Characters' Emotions. I teach it on-line every March. If you don't want to wait until March, you can order the Lecture Packet through Paypal from my web site.

YES -- You'll duct-tape your inner editor.

Glad you enjoyed the quiz. Thank you for dropping by.

Best..........Margie
www.MargieLawson.com

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/07/2008 2:23 PM

Mario --

You gave all your brain cells to Felix Gomez. Don't you remember?

BLOGGERS: Mario Acevedo is the word-whisperer for the successful vampire mystery series featuring Felix Gomez. Mario's writing is as strong and memorable as his titles: The Nymphos of Rocky Flats, X-Rated Blood Suckers, and The Undead Kama Sutra.

Mario -- See you at critique tonight!

Later...........Margie

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/07/2008 2:37 PM

Edie --

A leaning-to-the-right whole-brainer. LOVED reading that you added psychological power to your CP's work. Awesome!

I'm betting you are super organized when you choose to be. You and Liz took charge and organized having me present a full day master class in Milwaukee.

I'd call that organized! Can't wait to meet you on Halloween!

All Smiles...........Margie

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/07/2008 2:42 PM

Hello Magolla --

Thanks for popping on Jeri's blog.

I liked reading that you keep fixing it. Editing is what makes our writing soar.

Happy writing. And happy soaring!

Best.............Margie

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/07/2008 2:46 PM

Hello Ajmenden --

Ah -- a journalism background. You edit as you go, so your first complete draft is probably fairly clean. I trust that it has some power too. :-)) Then you do a full editing pass, and get input from trusted readers.

Thanks for sharing your editing process. Sounds like a a plan that sets you up for success. :-))

Best.............Margie
www.MargieLawson.com

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/07/2008 2:50 PM

Scored a 5. But what I've taught myself to do is edit while I write to cut down on endless edits afterwards.

Posted by: Blogger Stephen D. Rogers at 10/07/2008 2:53 PM

I scored a 6--no real surprise. I don't mind editing--in fact, I've been known to re-work a chapter to death. :)
Getting the initial words down on paper is the WORST for me. But once they're there, I love to keep layering and reworking them.

Posted by: Blogger Jennifer Shirk at 10/07/2008 2:56 PM

I like your analysis of the writing vs. editing process. I love the editing part. I always think of it as an overhead projector where I start out with a transparency with one color on it and then, as I continue to go over the scene, I lay down other transparencies with other colors – a plot color, a description color, a dialogue color (I usually write that one first) – until I have all the necessary shades.

I love this…but I am in awe of people who can do it in one swoop.

Posted by: OpenID arhyalon at 10/07/2008 2:59 PM

I scored whole-brained. Like Carrie, I had a hard time choosing an answer on several questions. I kept thinking it depends!!

Editing is my kryptonite. Along with synopses. But mostly editing. I guess I go in layers, but the methods I use tend to shift depending on what I think the story needs to fix it (or what kind of story - short or novel-length, dark or light, etc.).

Posted by: Blogger KL Grady at 10/07/2008 3:02 PM

Hugs to JAYE WELLS!

I love your cover for RED-HEADED STEPCHILD. Powerful!

You got a 17 -- Strong right brain. You must kick into your left hemisphere as needed. :-)))

I'm a big fan of yours too. So glad we got to meet when I presented for DARA. You had such a fresh and powerful piece you wrote as part of the master class exercise. Fabulous!

I'm looking forward to RED-HEADED STEPCHILD's release on March 31st!

All Smiles.............Margie

Hello, Miss Margie! You know I'm a huge fan.

I scored 17--strong right brain. Your deep editing course has done wonders for helping make revisions easier for this right brainer.

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/07/2008 3:02 PM

Hi Margie! I love psych quizes and this told me I'm a moderate right brain, which surprised me a little. I love to write fresh scenes, but would never trade editing for poop-mucking.

I usually decide my story is ready for my editor when I just can't stomach another editing round...or my deadline is minutes away. :)

Thanks Jeri for hosting Marige, and thanks Margie for your words of wisdom.

Misty
Operation Sheba
Witches Anonymous
www.readmistyevans.com

Posted by: Blogger Misty Evans at 10/07/2008 3:05 PM

Hello Carrie Jones --

Sounds like your whole brain thinking works well for you -- EXCEPT -- looking at one sentence for the millionth time. Sounds painful. I'm guessing those are the sentences that you know aren't working, but you don't know why.

Deep Editing teaches what to do with those sick sentences. Writers learn to diagnose and treat.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on editing. :-))

Best..........Margie
www.MargieLawson.com

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/07/2008 3:11 PM

I'm a whole brain person, which explains why half the time I'm champing at the bit to write and see where I'm going and the other half wants to rein in and see where I've been, and what happened.
The editing comes from thinking 'that's not how I remembered it - it was shorter, sharper and a lot more fun in my head; and now there are too many words galloping away on me'.
Sorry about the cliches!
Now I know that my whole brain is trying to help I'll stop worrying and let each side take turns.
Thanks for sorting that out Margie.

Judy

Posted by: Blogger Judy at 10/07/2008 3:13 PM

Hi Margie,

I scored a 10 - Whole brained, which didn't surprise me - I think of myself as the creative scientist type. :-)

I write a fast first draft then edit many times, though I'm still working on that part.

Posted by: Blogger Julie Rowe at 10/07/2008 3:24 PM

I do both.
I'll find the mistakes and inconsistencies in other people's writing... but I can't edit my own.
It's a no-go, my brain just ignores what I try to do.
I guess that goes for most people, but I know I'm blind, deaf and dumb when it comes to my own work. :)
That's why I love my crit groups lol.

Posted by: OpenID Silke at 10/07/2008 3:25 PM

Well, I'm whole brained. I think that means my brain can't pick a side. (actually, when I think about it, lots of things about me make sense now...lol)

Great to read your post, Margie...hope all is well with you!

Posted by: Anonymous Tessy at 10/07/2008 3:59 PM

Waving at Margie.
Great timing, I'm revising so this is so good to refresh my skills.
cmr

Posted by: Blogger Chris Redding at 10/07/2008 4:16 PM

I'm really right brained. I scored 21. Should I be worried?

Posted by: Blogger DeborahBrent at 10/07/2008 4:19 PM

Hi Margie---this was such great fun! I scored a 17, and now I totally understand why I can plow thorough a draft on a new project and then pound my face into the keyboard when it comes time to edit :)
thanks, Ellen

Posted by: Blogger Ellen at 10/07/2008 4:27 PM

Just as I thought, I'm whole-brained but leaning toward the left with a score of 10 with over-editing being my bete noir.

Here is my version of your sentence though the metaphor is a bit mixed.
" Either you're left-brained and mired in editing, unable to haul yourself out of the tar pit and finish in triumph or you're right-brained and, after a long and exhausting run, find yourself lost in the manuscript jungle with no compass and no way out.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/07/2008 4:27 PM

Whoops, that anonymous is me.
Carol Jo

Posted by: Anonymous Carol Jo at 10/07/2008 4:31 PM

"Whole brain" here. I both intuit and reason, dream and analyze, challanege and seek peace. I do all these things, and I bring them to my writing. Linear and non-linear, I work whichever vein happens to suit per any given problem.
And I have no idea which of your prizes would work best for me. :)

Posted by: Blogger Carolyn R Domini, Pisces, Water Snake in the Chinese zodiac at 10/07/2008 5:23 PM

"Whole brain" here. I both intuit and reason, dream and analyze, challanege and seek peace. I do all these things, and I bring them to my writing. Linear and non-linear, I work whichever vein happens to suit per any given problem.
And I have no idea which of your prizes would work best for me. :)

Posted by: Blogger Carolyn R Domini, Pisces, Water Snake in the Chinese zodiac at 10/07/2008 5:24 PM

Carolyn Domini are you sure you are not a Gemini??? you have twin posts LOL

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/07/2008 6:26 PM

Hello Kathi --

Another whole-brained writer. Your get the first draft written right-brained approach, followed by left-brained eiting time is a good approach. I look forward to seeing you in an on-line class. I bet you'll pick up lots of fresh ways to add psychological power.

Thanks for dropping by Jeri's blog. ;-)))

Best................................Margie
www.MargieLawson.com

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/07/2008 6:41 PM

Hello Rosemary --

Kudos to you for powering through my Empowering Characters' Emotions Lecture Packet. Good for you for going back and using my EDITS System to edit what was on the page -- and what wasn't on the page. ;-)))

Thanks for the smiles!

All smiles..............Margie
www.MargieLawson.com

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/07/2008 6:42 PM

Hello Gail --

Always great to see you! Ah -- a logic-driven deep edit-loving writer. No surprise!

My Five Question Scene Checklist helps edit-til-they-drop writers know when a scene is a TEN. :-)))

Thanks for sharing!

Hugs...............Margie
www.MargieLawson.com

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/07/2008 6:42 PM

HELLO Moderate-Right-Brained Lisa -

Great to e-meet you. Aren't the scene-movies in our heads amazing?

Thanks for sharing your writing style and passion. :-)))

Best......................Margie
www.MargieLawson.com

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/07/2008 6:43 PM

Hello Mschent --

Whole-brained is easier. You can easily access both brain hemispheres. You're already a brain hemisphere hopper.

Thanks for sharing!

Best.........Margie
www.MargieLawson.com

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/07/2008 6:48 PM

Hugs to Diana Cosby!

Great to see you too! Moderate left brain. Makes sense for you.

Love your editing system. Sounds like it works well, and matches your strengths. Perfect!

See you on-line!

Hugs............Margie

Great seeing you Margie. Loved the quiz. Turned out I'm a moderate left brain. I'm not surprised. :) I edit in layers. I know it takes me 7 passes to have a polished, ready to submit novel. I look forward to taking another of your classes in the future.

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/07/2008 6:51 PM

Hello Lilylith --

So nice to e-meet you. Glad you enjoyed the Cognitive Style Quiz. Loved your creativity/clutter humor. ;-)))

Thanks for dropping by Jeri's blog!

Best...........Margie
www.MargieLawson.com

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/07/2008 6:53 PM

Great quiz. I'm a 7--moderate left brain.

My process is to write several chapters, edit, then continue with new chapters.

Oh, yes. I procrastinate.

I edit in layers.

It's fun for me to go back through chapters and add "special touches," also I love starting a new book when the ideas are flowing like crazy.

I know my work is done when it "feels" right.

I try to edit my work equally.

This was a great blog. Thanks.

Petrina

Posted by: Anonymous Petrina Green at 10/07/2008 6:53 PM

Hi Margie,
I'm a pretty strong right brainer, which explains why I love the first draft and I see editing as almost as painful as a root canal! I know I'm ready to send in a manuscript either when I'm facing a deadline, or when I've been through it using your "Deep Edits System."
I need to take your "Empowering Characters" class next.
Thanks for sharing your wisdom!
Donna

Posted by: Blogger Donna Hatch at 10/07/2008 6:54 PM

Hello Patricia --

Editing is tough for some right-brainers. It makes sense that you'd prefer the let-it-flow writing versus analyze-and-add-power-and-polish writing.

Deep Editing is fun. I promise! You get to be creative and add power and polish. Very cool. :-)))

Thank you for sharing your editing style.

Best............Margie
www.MargieLawson.com

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/07/2008 6:58 PM

HUGS to ANNA!

It's a good thing you're a whole-brainer. Being an engineer and writer -- if you didn't score as whole-brained, I'd think you had multiple personalities. ;-)))

Thanks for stopping by.

Big Aussie hugs........Margie

Hi Margie - great blog.

I'm whole brain, no surprise there since I'm an engineer by day and writer by night. Sometimes I love editing, and at other times I don't, so maybe that's a reflection of my whole brain thing!

By the way, I can't recommend Margie's courses enough to anyone who hasn't taken them yet.

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/07/2008 7:00 PM

I scored 8--moderate left brain.

I do generally like the editing process--but really in a more holistic sense; making the overall story good and flow well. On occasion I do get into kicks where I have to find just the right word, but if I did that all the time I'd never finish!

How do I "know" when something is done--I don't have a formula for it. It's just whenever it clicks that what I've written is actually pretty good. So maybe that "feeling" is why I'm just a moderate left-brain.

Posted by: Blogger Scribess at 10/07/2008 7:01 PM

Hello LYNDA SCOTT --

I'm teaching DIGGING DEEP INTO THE EDITS SYSTEM for writers online classes -- www.writersonlineclasses.com

You can access it through my web site, www.MargieLawson.com.

The on-line course starts on October 13th, and runs for two weeks.


Thanks for asking!

Best...........Margie


HI Margie! Where is the online class you're teaching next week? Can we still sign up for it?

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/07/2008 7:04 PM

Hi Margie, it's great to see you over here.

I scored "whole brain". I think that means that I suffer from the "grass is always greener" syndrome. When I'm writing, I want to be editing. When I'm editing, I'd rather be writing.

Oh well.

Lynn
Authors Tools Blog

Posted by: Anonymous Lynn Jordan at 10/07/2008 7:04 PM

Hey Cher!

You're so good to me. ;-)))

Hugs..........Margie

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/07/2008 7:05 PM

Pat --

As a leaning-right-whole-brainer, now you know why you are less of an editing fan -- and why you are in a hurry to get to the fun of writing the next story.

Deep Editing can be fun too. ;-)))

Thanks for sharing!

Best............Margie
www.MargieLawson.com

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/07/2008 7:08 PM

Jeri, you're books look fabulous :) I love Margie's courses.

I am whole-brained, is that like being Jack of all trades? :D

I like to edit, but find I need to put most work into the beginning f the story. The set up.

Posted by: Blogger Toni Anderson at 10/07/2008 7:11 PM

Hey Margie!

I scored a 12, which I guess sort of fits my style. I like writing that first draft and even the first edits. Any edits after that, and I'd rather rip out my eyeballs and serve them up as appetizers. But...I make it through by leaving my WIP alone for at least a month. That way it's like I'm editing someone else's book. It makes it easier to show no mercy. ;-)

~MarCia

Posted by: OpenID marciacolette at 10/07/2008 7:12 PM

hey Margie,
I took the DEEP EDITS earlier this year. I was surprised how the information sank in, when I didn't think I got it at all. I scored a 16 so I am moderate right brained. Hoep to take anoather calss one day thanks for the blog post.
Kathy Crouch

Posted by: Blogger Kathy at 10/07/2008 7:43 PM

Hi, Margie! Great quiz. I'm suprised to learn I'm a "whole brainer". I procrastinate a lot when I edit AND write. I don't like editing most of the time and usually edit while I write. I usually edit the entire book instead of just sections to get it right. And I never feel like I'm done editing. LOL

Posted by: Blogger Michelle Miles at 10/07/2008 8:02 PM

Hi Margie! Your post had me chuckling ... did you realise your writing, just like your public speaking, oooooozes energy?! :)
[power word = energy, not sure if ooooooooz counts as onomatopeia but hey! I'm trying!] Anyway, a couple of months ago I was sent a really cool animated pic of a dancer which, depending on whether you were left-brained or right-brained, rotated either clockwise or anti-clockwise. I can't work out how to upload the pic to this site otherwise I'd do it. Being a fairly visual person I found it really fascinating. Depending on the day/time, I saw her rotating in different directions. My nephew could make it change direction with a blink! I don't quite understand the link to left- and right-brainedness but I'd love to hear your analysis of it!

Posted by: Blogger Karen at 10/07/2008 8:11 PM

OMG! Jeri AND Margie. I do believe I've gone to heaven.

:)

Talia

Posted by: Blogger talia pente at 10/07/2008 10:00 PM

Hi Margie. I took this fun test before. I was a whole brainer then and I'm still a whole brainer. Go figure. VBG. Wonderful food for thought. Thanks for so generously sharing your talents with us.

Posted by: Blogger Karen Kish at 10/07/2008 10:41 PM

Awesome quiz! I'd have never thought I was a 'whole brain' --I thought I would've scored as a right brain. Especially as I detest revision/editing..as in yes, I would much rather much out horse poop, or even do dishes, lol.

Ok...back to reread the rest of what you wrote...this is awesome stuff!! Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: Blogger Valerie Everhart at 10/07/2008 11:14 PM

Ok, I scored 19 --strongly right brained. And yes my aversion to editing is just as you predicted. I desperately need your course.

Posted by: Blogger RK at 10/07/2008 11:26 PM

Hello Judy --

Glad you have a better understanding of how your whole-brained thinking impacts your writing and editing process. Thank you for posting!

Best.......................Margie
www.MargieLawson.com

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 12:46 AM

Hello Julie Rowe!

Ah -- a whole-brained creative scientist type writer. Your process reflects your strengths. I'm not sure what you meant about you were working on the editing part. You could have been referring to the number of editing passes, or your process of editing. Either way, I'm glad you're thinking about editing. :-)))

Thanks for dropping by Jeri's blog!

All smiles......................Margie

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 12:47 AM

Hello Silke --

Ah -- You're good at editing others, but said you can't edit your own. Maybe you'd benefit from having an editing plan . . .

I'm relieved to hear you're in a critique group! :-)))

Thanks for sharing!

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 12:49 AM

Hello Tessy!

Yay! Sounds like the Cognitive Style Quiz clarified some points about your style and strengths. Excellent!

Thanks for dropping by Jeri's blog. Looking forward to connecting again. :-))

Best.......................Margie
www.MargieLawson.com

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 12:50 AM

Hello Chris!

Good for you for refreshing your Deep Editing skills. Have fun doing your revisions. Wish I had plans to visit Princeton again. :-)))

Hugs..................Margie

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 12:51 AM

Hello Deborah --

With a score of 21, you're definitely a strong right-brained thinker. And -- you can strengthen the left-hemisphere of your brain, by accessing your more logical side, and using it more often. In Deep Editing, you could benefit from a blend of structured and free-form editing.

No worries. You can be creative in how you use your logic. :-)))

Best...................Margie

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 12:53 AM

Hello Ellen --

Ah -- Now you understand your strengths (writing first drafts) and your angst (editing). Yikes! No pounding your face on the keyboard. You can learn to love Deep Editing and creating more power on your pages.

Thanks for visiting Jeri's blog!

Best.......................Margie
www.MargieLawson.com

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 12:54 AM

Hello Whole-brained Carol Jo --

Thanks for taking on the challenge of rewriting my cliche-heavy sentence. Good job! I like the piece about being lost in the majuscript jungle. :-))

Thanks for sharing your rewrite!

Best.......................Margie
www.MargieLawson.com

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 12:55 AM

Hello Carolyn Domini --

Sounds like you know how your whole-brained thinking works for you. Good for you!

You can read more about my on-line courses and Lecture Packtes on my web site. Enjoy!

Best..........Margie
www.MargieLawson.com

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 12:57 AM

Hello June --

Love your attitude! I bet you will master using your cognitive style for editing. :-)))

Best..........Margie
www.MargieLawson.com


Great advice and motivation. Now I want to learn more about using my cognitive style for editing. Thanks.

June Shaw

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 1:00 AM

Hello Loves-Tinkering Judy W --

Your editing plan sounds logical and organized. Not clinically Obsessive/Compulsive. :-)))

It also sounds like it matches your style -- and it's successful for you. Good for you!

Thanks for sharing your style and process.

Hope to see you on-line again sometime!

Best..........Margie
www.MargieLawson.com

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 1:08 AM

HUGS to Nancy Haddock!

Ah -- you're a leaning right whole-brainer. Yep! That sounds like you!

Good process. Thanks for sharing how you build your books. It must work well. ;-)))

Glad to hear some Deep Editing has become automatic. Excellent!

Thanks for being here!

All smiles............Margie

Hi Jeri and Margie!

I'm a whole brainer tending toward the right. Makes sense when I think about how I work.

I tend to work on the early chapters until I hit my flow, then save the gritty editing for later. I layer, and do 4 or more passes. Thankfully, Margie's courses have helped me apply more techniques. Some are even automatic now - woohoo!

Another awesome blog, Margie and Jeri. Thanks for the fun!

Light,
Nancy Haddock
Va Vida Vampire

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 1:14 AM

Hello Celeste --

Another whole-brainer! Only you're leaning to the left.

Hope you power through your first drafts, even though they're torture.

Wow. Torture? That's a heck of a power word.

Thanks for sharing!

Best..........Margie
www.MargieLawson.com

Ah - editing is easy for you. Makes sense!

I got a 9, whole brain, leaning left. Somehow this doesn't surprise me; I've always been good at doing both the math/science thing and the creative thing. But editing is always easier for me than getting that first draft down is. First drafts can be torture.

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 1:18 AM

Hello Anne Carrole -- from ECE class!

Great to see you on-line again.

You asked -- How you can guard against over-editing.

When writers have gone through my Five Question Scene Checklist, they know which scenes need more work, and which scenes are strong.

I cover the Five Question Scene Checklist in my Deep Editing course.

Thanks for popping on Jeri's blog. ;-)))

Best..........Margie
www.MargieLawson.com



I scored a whole-brained--hmm--is that a good thing? I'm a pantser who edits until I "feel" it is right. But that can be a trap. How do I guard against over-editing?

Loved your Empowering Characters Emotions class, Margie!

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 1:27 AM

WINNER of the FIRST DRAWING:
PATRICIA!

Patricia -- Please e-mail me at margie@margielawson.com -- and let me know which of my Lecture Packets you'd like.

I pasted your post below.

You can read the course dexcriptions on my web site: www.MargieLawson.com

PATRICIA -- CONGRATULATIONS on winning the first drawing.

MORE DRAWINGS on WEDNESDAY NIGHT!

Remember -- I'm doing a drawing for every 25 people who post comments. More winners tomorrow!

Thanks to all of you for sharing your editing process and styles. I appreciate you.

I'll catch up on responding to comments tomorrow.

Best..........Margie
www.MargieLawson.com


PATRICIA'S POST:

I scored moderate right brain. I'm not sure what that really says about me or my writing.

For me editing though is a tough slog. I want to get it over with, but after reading your article I am very intrigued with the idea of deep editing, and the use of power words.

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 1:40 AM

WINNER of the FIRST DRAWING:
PATRICIA!

Patricia -- Please e-mail me at margie@margielawson.com -- and let me know which of my Lecture Packets you'd like.

I pasted your post below.

You can read the course dexcriptions on my web site: www.MargieLawson.com

PATRICIA -- CONGRATULATIONS on winning the first drawing.

MORE DRAWINGS on WEDNESDAY NIGHT!

Remember -- I'm doing a drawing for every 25 people who post comments. More winners tomorrow!

Thanks to all of you for sharing your editing process and styles. I appreciate you.

I'll catch up on responding to comments tomorrow.

Best..........Margie
www.MargieLawson.com


PATRICIA'S POST:

I scored moderate right brain. I'm not sure what that really says about me or my writing.

For me editing though is a tough slog. I want to get it over with, but after reading your article I am very intrigued with the idea of deep editing, and the use of power words.

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 1:40 AM

I love taking quizes. I just made it into being more right brained than whole brained. I can't wait to find out what this means. Thanks for the quiz.

Posted by: Blogger Brenda ND at 10/08/2008 8:50 AM

I'm in the whole brain range...which is actually not a bad thing. Margie was at Moonlight and Magnolias this weekend and she was awesome!

Posted by: Blogger purpleprose 78 at 10/08/2008 10:36 AM

Hmm apparently I'm Right Brained. I guess this really shouldn't surprise me. I tend to rewrite scenes as oppose to simply revising when I edit.

(BTW it was great meeting you at M&M last weekend Margie!)

Posted by: Blogger Kalayna Price at 10/08/2008 10:38 AM

Hello Petrina --


Glad you enjoyed the quiz. Editing in layers works well. Good plan!

Thank you for posting!

Best.............Margie
www.MargieLawson.com

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 10:55 AM

Hello Donna Hatch!

Yikes! Editing is root-canal-painful? Hope you find an editing system that comes with anesthesia. ;-)))

I look forward to seeing you on-line!

Hugs..........Margie
www.MargieLawson.com

Hi Margie,
I'm a pretty strong right brainer, which explains why I love the first draft and I see editing as almost as painful as a root canal! I know I'm ready to send in a manuscript either when I'm facing a deadline, or when I've been through it using your "Deep Edits System."
I need to take your "Empowering Characters" class next.
Thanks for sharing your wisdom!
Donna

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 10:59 AM

Hello Scribes!

Thank you for sharing your moderate left brain editing process. Sounds like you swing both ways at different times.

See you on line!

Best..........Margie
www.MargieLawson.com

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 11:03 AM

HUGS to Lynn Jordan!

You can have a happy whole brain. You have strengths on both sides. Love the one your with. Love the hemisphere your using!

Thanks for popping on Jeri's blog. Chat later!

All smiles.............Margie

Hi Margie, it's great to see you over here.

I scored "whole brain". I think that means that I suffer from the "grass is always greener" syndrome. When I'm writing, I want to be editing. When I'm editing, I'd rather be writing.

Oh well.

Lynn
Authors Tools Blog

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 11:07 AM

Hello to TONI ANDERSON!

Jeri's books are fabulous! And -- thanks for letting me know you like my on-line courses. :-))

I would have guessed you were whole-brained. You can choose to access and boost a strength in any areas. You're driven to succeed . . . and you succeed.

When you have a chance, e-mail me. I'd love to catch up!

All smiles.............Margie

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 11:11 AM

Hugs to my new Moonlight & Magnolias friend, MARCIA!

MarCia -- I so enjoyed meeting you last weekend. Ah, you're a 12. AFTER you've completed Empowering Characters' Emotions, and Deep Editing, I BET YOU'LL LOVE EDITING!

WOW -- You definitely have Steely Self-Discipline! You're smart to wait a month before big-time editing. Incredibly smart!

I look forward to connecting with you on-line. Thanks for popping on Jeri's blog!

All smiles...........Margie
www.MargieLawson.com

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 11:17 AM

Hello KATHY CROUCH!

I remember you from my DEEP EDITING course. Thanks for dropping by Jeri's blog.

AWESOME that you now realize you assimilated lots of ways to add DEEP EDITING POWER to your writing. I bet it shows!

Stay in touch! I'd like to hear from you. See you on line. ;-))

All smiles...........Margie

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 11:20 AM

Hey Margie-- I just took your quiz and I can't believe my score was three!!!! THREE!!! Strong left-brained??? Who would have guessed it?

This was great fun...

Jeanne

Posted by: Blogger Jeanne Stein at 10/08/2008 11:40 AM

Hello Michelle Miles!

MICHELLE -- Sounds like you get the job done. Editing isn't your favorite thing, but you do it.

Ah -- In DEEP EDITING, I cover my FIVE QUESTION SCENE CHECKLIST. When you've completed it, to your satisfaction, you know your scene is ready to roll!

Thanks for dropping by Jeri's blog!

Best..........Margie
www.MargieLawson.com



, Margie! Great quiz. I'm suprised to learn I'm a "whole brainer". I procrastinate a lot when I edit AND write. I don't like editing most of the time and usually edit while I write. I usually edit the entire book instead of just sections to get it right. And I never feel like I'm done editing. LOL

10/07/2008 8:02 PM

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 12:00 PM

Karen --

Thanks! Glad my post and my public speaking oooooze energy!

I've studied that write-brain left-brain dancer many times. She's fascinating! AND -- most people I know find that their experience watching her turn, or not turn, matches their cognitive style. :-)))

I don't understand the link either -- and haven't found any research that addresses it. SO -- it must be magic!

Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs............Margie


Hi Margie! Your post had me chuckling ... did you realise your writing, just like your public speaking, oooooozes energy?! :)
[power word = energy, not sure if ooooooooz counts as onomatopeia but hey! I'm trying!] Anyway, a couple of months ago I was sent a really cool animated pic of a dancer which, depending on whether you were left-brained or right-brained, rotated either clockwise or anti-clockwise. I can't work out how to upload the pic to this site otherwise I'd do it. Being a fairly visual person I found it really fascinating. Depending on the day/time, I saw her rotating in different directions. My nephew could make it change direction with a blink! I don't quite understand the link to left- and right-brainedness but I'd love to hear your analysis of it!

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 12:03 PM

TALIA --

You're so fun!

Thanks for the smiles!

All smiles..........Margie

OMG! Jeri AND Margie. I do believe I've gone to heaven.

:)

Talia

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 12:04 PM

Hello Karen K --

Your whole brain stayed whole-brained. :-)))

Thanks for chiming in!

All smiles...........Margie


Hi Margie. I took this fun test before. I was a whole brainer then and I'm still a whole brainer. Go figure. VBG. Wonderful food for thought. Thanks for so generously sharing your talents with us.

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 12:11 PM

Valerie E --

A whole-brainer who detests editing. Hmm...maybe you'd enjoy the challenge and outcome of Deep Editing. You get to be more creative with Deep Editing. ;-)))

Thanks for sharing!

All smiles..........Margie
www.MargieLawson.com


Awesome quiz! I'd have never thought I was a 'whole brain' --I thought I would've scored as a right brain. Especially as I detest revision/editing..as in yes, I would much rather much out horse poop, or even do dishes, lol.

Ok...back to reread the rest of what you wrote...this is awesome stuff!! Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 12:13 PM

Hello DESPERATE RK --

Strong write-brained writers can overcome their aversion to editing. :-)))

See you on line!

All smiles..........Margie
www.MargieLawson.com

Ok, I scored 19 --strongly right brained. And yes my aversion to editing is just as you predicted. I desperately need your course.

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 12:15 PM

Hello Brenda --

Ah -- a moderate right-brainer. Editing may not be your favorite part of the writing process. You may prefer getting that fascinating story on the page.

Thanks for dropping by Jeri's blog!

Best.............Margie
www.MargieLawson.com


I love taking quizes. I just made it into being more right brained than whole brained. I can't wait to find out what this means. Thanks for the quiz.

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 12:19 PM

Hello purpleprose Victoria!

I enjoyed meeting you at Moonlight & Magnolias last weekend. Fabulous conference!

I'm guessing that your whole-brained style works well for you.

Thanks for stopping by Jeri's blog. See you on line!

All smiles..........Margie

I'm in the whole brain range...which is actually not a bad thing. Margie was at Moonlight and Magnolias this weekend and she was awesome!

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 12:22 PM

Hello Kalayna --

Yay! Another M & M connection. ;-)))

With your right-brained style, you rewrite scenes more than edit them. Interesting!
]
Thanks for popping on Jeri's blog. I look forward to seeing you on-line again.

All smiles.........Margie
www.MargieLawson.com

Hmm apparently I'm Right Brained. I guess this really shouldn't surprise me. I tend to rewrite scenes as oppose to simply revising when I edit.

(BTW it was great meeting you at M&M last weekend Margie!)

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 12:25 PM

Hello Kalayna --

Yay! Another M & M connection. ;-)))

With your right-brained style, you rewrite scenes more than edit them. Interesting!
]
Thanks for popping on Jeri's blog. I look forward to seeing you on-line again.

All smiles.........Margie
www.MargieLawson.com

Hmm apparently I'm Right Brained. I guess this really shouldn't surprise me. I tend to rewrite scenes as oppose to simply revising when I edit.

(BTW it was great meeting you at M&M last weekend Margie!)

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 12:26 PM

Hugs to Critique Buddy JEANNE STEIN!

Jeanne -- Your strong left-brain makes sense to me. You approach tasks in an organized way and structure your life, and your writing, to set yourself up for success. THEN -- you let your creativity come out to play. :-)))

Thanks for dropping by Jeri's blog!

All smiles..........Margie




Hey Margie-- I just took your quiz and I can't believe my score was three!!!! THREE!!! Strong left-brained??? Who would have guessed it?

This was great fun...

Jeanne

10/08/2008 11:40 AM

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 12:30 PM

I came up as whole-brain (a 12) which surprised me but probably shouldn't. I have a left brain job and right brain avocation. Love Margie -- took an all-day class with her at a writers conference last year. It was awesome and I need to pull my notes and make it work for me now that I'm deep in edits on my MS.
Thanks!

Posted by: Anonymous Teri at 10/08/2008 12:39 PM

Not surprising, I scored a 13. I used to work in healthcare and thought I was in my left brain during the day and shifted to right brain at night. Not to figure out how to apply that to editing. My crit partner and I took an all day workshop with Margie last year and loved it. Now we just say, "add more pink here." or, "Too much yellow!" Best class I've ever taken!
J. Faver

Posted by: Anonymous JFaver at 10/08/2008 2:15 PM

I'm one of those sick people who loves to edit once I learned how. Of course, that could just be because I'm starting a new project and writing. I have that "Wow, this is no where near as good as what I just finished" feeling... um, yeah. Because you edited the heck out of it.

I guess I feel I'm done when the changes are things I've been switching back and forth for myself.

Thanks Margie. This has been great!

Posted by: OpenID briaspage at 10/08/2008 3:06 PM

I'm a moderate right brain... the edits technique you mention now help me when I write the first draft. Writing Fresh is a great challenge!

Posted by: Blogger Carole St-Laurent at 10/08/2008 4:41 PM

I scored whole brain, which makes perfect sense to me. Many of the answers I could have gone either way. And I'm an artist, and a programmer, and a writer, AND a major fan of Margie's workshops. They are simply fabulous!

Posted by: Blogger Sher LeScott at 10/08/2008 5:56 PM

Interesting. I'm either whole-brained (by leaving out the question with two true statements for me) or moderately right-brained (by forcing an answer)!

Margie - your workshops at the RWNZ Conferencer were fantastic. This unpublished submission virgin is about to Deep Edit her first full-length MS.

Posted by: Blogger Mig at 10/08/2008 8:09 PM

Teri --

Ah -- we met at one of my master classes. I've presented 28 full day master classes in the last two years. :-))) Please e-mail me privately and let me know which organization brought me in -- or which city. margie@margielawson.com

Have fun Deep Editing your manuscript!

Thanks for chiming in on Jeri's blog!

All smiles............Margie
www.MargieLawson.com

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 9:32 PM

HELLO J Faver --

I bet I met you in Houston. West Houston RWA? Hello June!

Such a great group of committed-to-learning writers. I had the best time presenting to you all.

Thanks for sharing about your 13, your use-your-left-brain day job and night-time right-brained writing. If you focus -- you'll be successful switching right/left for creative deep editing.

Thanks for your kudos about my master class. I love presenting -- and I'm oh-so-passionate about the Deep Editing techniques and systems I created. Glad they resonated with you.

If you want to review my EDITS System, and take it deeper, I'm teaching a new on-line course starting Monday: DIGGING DEEP INTO THE EDITS SYSTEM. :-)))

Great to see you again!

All smiles.............Margie

Not surprising, I scored a 13. I used to work in healthcare and thought I was in my left brain during the day and shifted to right brain at night. Not to figure out how to apply that to editing. My crit partner and I took an all day workshop with Margie last year and loved it. Now we just say, "add more pink here." or, "Too much yellow!" Best class I've ever taken!
J. Faver

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 9:42 PM

Wow--I'm borderline Whole Brain, but leaning to Moderate Right Brain--which makes sense, since I don't abhor editing and I enjoy writing new stuff, I guess this is a good thing...LOL
Thank you so much for the information. I need to look more closely at the editing process. I like seeing where changes can be made to enhance and create more impact in my writing.
Qaey Williams/Qwillia Rain

Posted by: Blogger Qwillia Rain at 10/08/2008 9:52 PM

Hello Briaspage --

Hmm...sounds like sometimes you fall into the over-editing chasm.

FYI: In my Deep Editing course, I have a Five Question Scene Checklist -- that helps writers manage their Deep Editing.

Thanks for dropping by Jeri's blog. :-))

Best............Margie
www.MargieLawson.com

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 9:59 PM

Hello Carole St-Laurent --

You are right! Writing fresh is an incredible challenge. :-)))

Thank you for chiming in!

Best..........Margie
www.MargieLawson.com

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 10:04 PM

Hello Stephen Rogers!

Fabulous to see you here. Thanks for sharing your force-yourself-to-edit-as-you-write process. Sounds handy-dandy. :-))

Hey, keep me looped in about your writing world.

All smiles..........Margie

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 10:07 PM

Hello Jennifer S --

Ah - You're a 6 -- and with editing and writing fresh, you know what's easy and what's difficult.

Glad you love editing!

Thanks for chiming in. See you on-line sometime. ;-))

Best...........Margie
www.MargieLawson.com



I scored a 6--no real surprise. I don't mind editing--in fact, I've been known to re-work a chapter to death. :)
Getting the initial words down on paper is the WORST for me. But once they're there, I love to keep layering and reworking them.

10/07/2008 2:56 PM

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 10:15 PM

Hello -- Arhyalon!

Love your overhead projector analogy. Perfect way to visualize the layering process. :-)))

Thank you for sharing!

Thanks also for chiming in on Jeri's blog.

Best.............Margie
www.MargieLawson.com


I like your analysis of the writing vs. editing process. I love the editing part. I always think of it as an overhead projector where I start out with a transparency with one color on it and then, as I continue to go over the scene, I lay down other transparencies with other colors – a plot color, a description color, a dialogue color (I usually write that one first) – until I have all the necessary shades.

I love this…but I am in awe of people who can do it in one swoop.

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 10:19 PM

Hello Whole-brained Sher --

An artist, programmer, and writer? You need your whole-brained thinking. :-)))

Thank you for the kudos on my workshops. If you have a minute, e-mail me privately and let me know which one(s) you took!
margie@margielawson.com

Thanks for dropping by Jeri's blog.

All smiles.........Margie
www.MargieLawson.com


I scored whole brain, which makes perfect sense to me. Many of the answers I could have gone either way. And I'm an artist, and a programmer, and a writer, AND a major fan of Margie's workshops. They are simply fabulous!

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 10:22 PM

HELLO MIG!

Thank you! I loved everyone and everything about the New Zealand conference. I was so impressed.

AND -- it's going to make me crazy to not know who MIG is. Please e-mail me privately and fill me in!
Margie@MargieLawson.com. Thank you!

Enjoy your Deep Edit!

Hugs.............Margie


Margie - your workshops at the RWNZ Conferencer were fantastic. This unpublished submission virgin is about to Deep Edit her first full-length MS.

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 10:27 PM

Hello Qaey --

Sounds like the results of the Cognitive Style Quiz fit for you.

Ah -- If you aren't familiar with my online courses (or Lecture Packets), and you want to add power to your writing, consider my editing courses: Empowering Characters' Emotions -- and Deep Editing. You can read the course descriptions on my web site. www.MargieLawson.com

Just thought I'd let you know they exist.

Thanks for chiming in!

Best.............Margie

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 10:34 PM

Hello Misty!

Somehow I skipped you!

Amazing -- You're the only one who posted today about knowing you're finished editing, because your deadline is minutes away. :-)))

I bet your moderate right-brained cognitive style works well for you!

Thanks for dropping by Jeri's blog. I look forward to seeing you on-line again sometime.

All smiles...........Margie


Hi Margie! I love psych quizes and this told me I'm a moderate right brain, which surprised me a little. I love to write fresh scenes, but would never trade editing for poop-mucking.

I usually decide my story is ready for my editor when I just can't stomach another editing round...or my deadline is minutes away. :)

Thanks Jeri for hosting Marige, and thanks Margie for your words of wisdom.

Misty

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 11:14 PM

THREE MORE WINNERS!

*****CONGRATULATONS*****

1. TESSY!

2. TONI ANDERSON!

3. KALAYNA PRICE!

Tessy, Toni, and Kalayna -- please e-mail me and let me know which Lecture Packet you'd like.

Margie@MargieLawson.com

THANK YOU to everyone who posted! Please contact me if you have questions about my on-line courses, my Lecture Packets, or if your group might be interested in having me present a full day master class.

A big THANK YOU to Jeri Smith-Ready, for inviting me to be a guest on her blog. Jeri's as fabulous as her writing. ;-)))

Best.............Margie
www.MargieLawson.com

Posted by: Blogger Margie Lawson at 10/08/2008 11:25 PM

I just had to comment. . .

I'm a 16 and I live a right-brain life.

I've also benefitted from Maggie's courses. Right brainers, listen up--take the courses and get the training under your belt. When you are in the first draft zone, everything will come out looking splendid. That way, you don't have to spend so much time in the muckety-muck of editing.

I'm a happier writer since I found Maggie. (I also smile a lot more when I'm reading back.)

HUGS, Maggie, and have a wonderful day!

Posted by: Anonymous Ash K. at 10/13/2008 10:38 AM

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