Leave it is a command I give my dog when I want him to ignore something. It might be another dog, something on the ground, or a tree he’s sniffing.
Leave it is also something I tell myself when I reach a point in my writing where I’m not quite sure where I’m headed or the scene just isn’t developing quite right. That’s the time to walk away from the computer or the page (if you prefer writing long hand). That’s when I do something different: wash the dishes, take a walk, a shower or bath. My house is its cleanest when I’m having problems with a story. A mess if everything is
Why leave it?
Scientists have discovered our brains cycle within different ranges and that brainwaves that cycle within the range of 8-12 Hz are usually generated in the brain’s right hemisphere or in a synchronized pattern between both right and left hemispheres and these are the most creative brainwaves. They’re referred to as Alpha brain waves.
On the other hand, Beta brain waves, which cycle at 12-35 Hz, are usually generated in the left side of the brain, and kick in when feeling stress, feeling tense, and when logically thinking. They are considered normal thinking brain waves for adults. They’re good if you need to think quickly, need to be goal oriented, social, positive, focused, and energetic.
They’re activated when writing and working on ways to promote your writing.
But if you’ve run into a problem with your writing, you need those Alpha brain waves, and they kick in when our minds and bodies are completely relaxed and free of stress. (By the way, children tend to have higher levels of alpha brainwaves than adults and tend to be more creative. As we grow older those Beta waves increase, and we start worrying about what others think of our ideas. We let the editors’, reviewers’, and our critique partners’ comments limit our creativity. We run into WRITERS BLOCK.)
Ever notice how you come up with great ideas while taking a bath or a shower, just before you fall asleep, or while you’re exercising? That’s because the alpha brainwave is associated with a completely relaxed body and mind. The 10 Hz alpha brainwave frequency is commonly referred to as a “peak performance” state of mind or being “in the zone.” So, in addition to bathing, doing housework, or taking walks, try meditation, visualization, yoga, deep breathing, even watching TV.
Keep those Alpha brainwaves cycling. Which is why I say, “Can’t come up with another creative idea, then leave it!” (Go have some fun for a while.)
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As an update. Zuri came through the operation fine, but on day 4 of recovery he managed to tear the stitches out. So far we’re keeping the incision clean and infection free, but he has an open hole near his elbow, and we’re not sure how it will look when healed. We’re also waiting for the results of the biopsy.