Linda Bell Brighton
Linda Bell Brighton fell in love with myths, magic, and monsters at an early age. On a thunder-storming day in the Keys, her father—in his bass reading voice—brought The Hound of the Baskerville to too-vivid-life. From that day forward, Greek and Roman myths merged with Wonder Woman and Super girl. After studying medieval and Renaissance literature in college, she now combines her loves by writing an alternate history of the Witch Burning Times that she calls magpunk: real history with myths, magic, monsters—and daemons, too.
Guest Post: What is Right Brain Writing? By Linda Bell Brighton
Call it Flow or “In the Zone,” it is today’s scientific term for what Ancient Greeks knew well.
We and they knew the experience: Time stops. Calm embraces us. Joy bubbles through our thoughts. Hours feel like minutes. If you are trying to create, something or someone seems to whisper ideas to you—even dictate words.
That’s what the Ancients believed was happening. Some current writers name their Muses. (One well known science fiction author named his muse George.) So too did the Ancients. We modern-day scientific worldview folks like to say the Greek Muses were “the personification of knowledge and the arts.” Not so.
In the Ancients’ zeitgeist, these whispers were from goddess. So commonly accepted was this belief, their names became as famous as athletes.
Calliope, always carrying a writing tablet, helped the writer create epic poetry.
History-loving Clio always carried scrolls—wouldn’t you love to read those?
Love poetry was inspired by Erato as she played the lyre-like musical instrument called a cithara.
With a flute-like aulos, Euterpe sang and recited mournful poetry. (Maybe the old-time country singers tapped into her.)
While wearing her tragic mask, Melpomene gave authors the horror of that period, the catharsis or pleasure in the writing tragedy.
Sacred poetry, sacred hymn, dance, and eloquence swirled from serious, pensive and meditative Polyhymnia as she strolled dressed in a long cloak and veil.
No strolling for Terpsichore! She must be the Muse inspiring my dance-loving protagonist, Sidonia. Greeks believed Terpsichore sat down and played a lyre music for dancers. My bet is she was right in there dancing with them!
We know people like Thalia who have a joyous air about them, ready with the comedic comeback to anything we say. Next time you run into them, imagine them carrying a comedic mask like Thalia.
But above all (bad pun intended) was astrology-loving Urania. Next time you stare up at the stars, imagining her standing beside you holding her globe and compass.
So what does this have to do with Right Brain Writing? Next time you wish to write in flow, do what the Ancient Greeks did: call on your Muse.
When Homer was trying to write The Odyssey, he called out to his Muse. That request is famous from book 1:
“Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns
driven time and again off course, once he had plundered
the hallowed heights of Troy.”
Try it. It works.
What if witches really existed during the Burning Times?
Forced to attend the Regent’s celebration at Wolgast Castle, 1560 Germany, Sidonia von Bork, fears her magical abilities will be discovered and she’ll be burned alive as a witch. When she discovers she is actually a member of an ancient shape-shifting race and the prophesied Golden One, she must face her destiny: to save the multiverse from the daemons determined to destroy all humans, and stay alive in the process.
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