As Indie authors we have to do a lot of different kinds of dances to launch our careers and keep them going. But the one I find most difficult is the Left Brain Zombie Shuffle. Why Zombie? Well, that’s usually the state it leaves me in.
Most people have heard of the Left brain – Right Brain theory. With left brain types being more logical and analytical and right brainers being more expressive and intuitive.
For example, if you saw the way I “organize” the piles of papers around desk while I’m working on a novel, you’d wonder how I could accomplish anything. But I know exactly what each one is by the shape of the pile or my visual memory of where it is according to its spatial relation to the other piles.
Okay, now that you’ve decided I’m totally nuts, I’ll confess to being hopelessly right-brained. Every time I have to learn a new social media networking system I want to curl into a fetal position and hide.
Don’t get me wrong, I luuuuv being able to connect with other authors and readers, and I cherish all the wonderful cyber-friends I have.
But this is where we begin the shuffle.
All of us authors have to be able to do a two-step dance from left brain to right brain and back again throughout any given day. Finding ways to work in and out of our comfort zones. I am amazed at how versatile and game most self-published authors are. And that’s one of the neat things about the brain.
They say the more you push it into new territory, the more pathways it develops for reaching even more new stuff. And the more we do the shuffle, the more it becomes a dance, with both sides working together.
So tell me, how have you pushed beyond your comfort zone lately? What kinds of things get you doing the zombie shuffle?
And here’s a little Left brain Right brain quiz for you
The best of WG2E Zombie Shuffle wishes – Alicia Street