Goals, resolutions, and peeking at 2008

You Are 50% Left Brained, 50% Right Brained

The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.
Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.
If you’re left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.
Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.
Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.
If you’re right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.
Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.

Jill over at The Wet Noodle Posse has a great post on matching goal setting to your brain/learning type. It’s worth a read, especially if you’ve tried goal setting and it hasn’t worked for you.

But what do I do with that 50/50 split? It probably explains why I do write a lot of things down. I like to get stuff on paper, but what I actually write looks a little chaotic.

For instance, when Darcy and I were brainstorming revisions for Geek Girl’s Guide, I made some “outline” notes that looked like this:

  • More parents
  • Scene between tryouts and results?
  • Or maybe? It is a truth boy–athlete talent want of morning oatmeal
    Geek stuff, lay of the land
    • tryouts
    • game store scene
    • results
    • home with parents
  • Test good pen?

Oddly, Test good pen has nothing to do with the outline or story. I was trying out a pen to see if I liked writing with it. But there it is, in all its glory, as part of the outline (it really does have its own bullet point). I’m not even sure these notes would make sense to Darcy, never mind anyone else.

I looked at my 2007 writing goals/resolutions. I didn’t keep a single one! But! That’s not necessarily a bad thing. At the start of 2007, I wasn’t planning on doing anything with Geek Girl’s Guide. I had a (small) start on MacKenna’s story, I hadn’t partnered up with Darcy, hadn’t even thought about taking that terrific children’s book writing class.

And so on.

What’s a goal setting girl to do? I did accomplish a lot, I think. Much more than what I wrote down at the start of the year.

Well, I ended up writing down some goals, more coherently than my outline above (sort of). I won’t bore you with all of them, but in summary:

  • Finish MacKenna (as in final draft finish)
  • Work on another book with Darcy (assuming she wants to–D, we should talk about this, no?)
  • Research for possible historical novel.

The rest? The rest I’m keeping flexible.


Filed under Noodlers, Quizzes, Writing

6 responses to “Goals, resolutions, and peeking at 2008

  1. I’m curious to see that Wet Noodle Post, because I’m guessing I fall just about in the middle, too (based on my history, ambidextrous situation, etc.) It’s an interesting way to think about it. I also feel that goals should be just that – goals. Which mean they are not necessarily things to be conquered, but more things to keep an eye towards. Tangents can be great. Congrats on all you did in 2007!

  2. I took the quiz. The result shows that I’m 50% left-brained and 50% right-brained — which is quite accurate actually.

  3. Interesting quiz. My results were 65% right brained, and 35% left-brained, which will shock everyone who thinks they know me… but it feels right to me. The article was interesting, too. I’ll have to think about its suggestions.

    Congratulations on your achievements this last year — good luck with your aspirations for 2008!

  4. Will do the brain test tomorrow.

    … and hey, if you need a writing partner (**don’t hit me, D, LOL)… I’m always available. And, I’m really getting to know the 30’s and 40’s very well!! 😀

    Your year worked out exactly as it needed to, and I suspect you accomplished more than you would have imagined.

    Happy 2008

  5. I’m glad you found the article helpful. It wasn’t until after I posted my results and people began posting theirs that I realized just how many balanced people there are. Wow – I’m a little bit jealous.

    I’m going to put the question to the rest of the Noodlers next Friday to see what kind of suggestions are there for people who are more even in their left and right brain usage.

    I look forward to seeing you all at the WNP!

  6. darcy


    I’m 80/20 right brain, but you knew that, didn’t you? I was clicking along with your outline, knowing exactly what you meant (borg, y’know?) then ‘Test good pen’ came up and I stopped dead. What good pen did we have in the story? I actually sat and thought about it for more than a minute before moving on to find out that we did NOT have a good pen testing in GGG. So. Was the pen that good?

    And M, ahem, I’m not ready to relinquish my claim to C’s fabulous talents yet. Sorry.

    Happy New Year, C and pals!

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