Our writing will be remembered if we scribe words that are engrained within people’s instincts. Regarding brain training from students to baby boomers and beyond, to write words that will be remembered for years to come is a difficult, yet doable task.
We recall films (or books that we read) that we watched years ago because of certain events in those films made an emotional impact upon us.
We see that an older movie is about to be shown on TV and we remember it from years ago because we recall scenes that aroused our sentiments.
Baby Boomers and beyond will have more memories and experiences to draw upon.
But being aware of memory stimulation will allow students and young adults to develop a richer bank of ‘strong memories’ to draw upon in their futures.
Positscience.com had this to say about How Memories Are Made.
“The human brain stores memory in a very different way; recalling your best friend’s phone number may very well bring to mind your friend’s face, a pleasant conversation that you had, and the title of the movie that the two of you are going to see.
Our memories are rich because they are formed through associations. When we experience an event, our brains tie the sights, smells, sounds, and our own impressions together into a relationship. That relationship itself is the memory of the event.
But how is the memory relationship actually made? The process from both a biological and a behavioral perspective is critically dependent on reinforcement. Reinforcement can also occur through emotional arousal; most people remember where they were when they heard that John F. Kennedy was shot because of the highly emotional content of that event. Arousal is also a product of attention, so memories can be reinforced independent of context by paying careful attention and consciously attempting to remember.”
What impacted me most about this Posit science article was:
“Reinforcement can also occur through emotional arousal. Arousal is also a product of attention, so memories can be reinforced independent.”
Can your writing stimulate an emotional arousal that will be reinforced into others’ memories? That’s a tough goal to accomplish, but possible with your strong concentration (brain training). Baby Boomers will have more memories stored, which are additional resources to utilize.
Do these life experiences and memories make Baby Boomers better writers? I believe so.
The Writers’ Stimulus website/blog encourages its participants to do creative writing (fiction and non-fiction) and to also create eBook film files of movies they watch. When creating your film file, state the emotional arousals from each movie that have a chance of being (or already has) reinforced into your memory?
A strong drill to utilize when employing this method is to recall favorite films from years ago and to identify what memories caused them to be your favorites.
What do you remember the most about these movies? Record what inspired you. What led up to this emotional arousal that caused it to be engrained within your memory? And do your recognize the suspense that led up to these events?
To discover and record this information for your film file is extreme brain boosting, which will improve your creative writing as you learn to recognize how emotional arousal is manifested. Being aware of this method engrains this knowledge within you to perform this deed in your own creative writing, fiction or non-fiction.
This practice and knowledge might not cause you to write words that will be remembered by many throughout history. But it will inspire you to write words to your loved ones that will incite emotional arousal that will be appreciated and be remembered forever.
Good luck with it.
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