When you write a story you use your right brain when thinking about characters’ looks, personalities and so on. Also, when creating as the whole creating process is led by that side of the brain. But, is your left brain resting? Nope, not at all.
When you write, or say, create a story, as you use your right brain to create, you use your left brain to organize. The right brain is only spitting out words, ideas, colors, for that matter. The left brain is actually linking up all that information so that a story can be told. Why does it affect us? Well, as some people believe, to be mentally healthy (and by that, I mean, in shape, quick thinking…) you must train your brain. But doing that is normally training both brain separately, or just your left brain (as many people think it’s the important brain, which is not…). That is ok sometimes, but it’ll be a slow process; what you should do is train both brains at time. Why? Because separating brains will just cause the opposite: you will only focus on one of them, and so, the other will not function as well as it could.
So, create a story, make up 2 or 3 character, make one of them the main character, put them on a medieval or fantastic world, let one of them be intelligent, one athletic and the other mysterious. Let flow your imagination as you establish the facts, organize the ideas, the sub-stories. Try using a white board or a clip-board (more useful in these cases) so you can move around the ideas more “physically”.
Now, if you like to, write it down, and you’ll start using your right brain as you choose the words, and your left brain as you build the sentences. Or draw a comic book, using the right brain while drawing and the left while writing sentences that fit the drawing and maintain the story flowing. You can do anything to build and assemble your story, just make sure you do.
You can also train one brain only using this technique: takes characters and personalities from another story (yours or else’s) and build your story with them as a base. As a fanfiction or a manga doujinshi, it helps your left side more than your right, as you don’t have to create much, being the same characters, probably the same environment and a similar story. Yet you’ll still build a story from context and that’s enough training, at least to be called training.
Be a little creative with this. For example, take your camera/phone/rock-with-squirrel and start video recording your friends or strangers talking. When you have some content, start editing on your computer and put together the pieces for a
crappy story, but on video!
As myself, I rather draw for my right brain, write and think logically for my left and then, at night (some nights…) write some story linking characters and events. I prefer time traveling so that the whole thing is actually linking events.
That’s actually why I love the new series Touch… Anyway, also making an environment based on some past era could help you a little with history class. Or somewhere else…
I liked something that Jesulink (spanish blogger) wrote on his “Manga Workshop” (Taller de Manga) and is that, when you start writing a manga, and that applies for any other kind of story, you must choose either a topic you know wel, or a topic you’d like to know. As it, talking about seriously creating a story, for, say, publishing, and choosing a “want-to-know-about-that” topic, you’ll actually care about reading related writings all over the internet and elsewhere, because you not only want to read or have curiosity, but you have now the
fictional obligation to do so.
So yeah, writing stories help a lot in every aspect, from training brains to learning about certain topics; the ones, you, as a curious person, will want to know about. So write, draw, or just think: create a story, and create many. You’ll surely find it even interesting.