A View of the World

My father, brother, and son are left-handed. I never realized how useful that would be to me until I started writing science fiction. There’s nothing like having your own view of the world turned on its axis to start the world-building process. A simple experiment will illustrate: try brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand (I’ve done it a few times, and have yet to get through an entire session). Now incorporate what you experienced into a story set on an alien planet, and you’re the one who has to adapt.

My mother burned her right hand as a child, and learned to do some things left-handed. I watched her, and also learned to do some things with my left hand. Neither she nor I are entirely ambidextrous, but I like to try using my left hand for some tasks, especially when I’m thinking about a new world for one of my stories. Get out of your comfort zone on purpose – that’s where the creativity starts.

Luck and wisdom!

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One Response to “A View of the World”

  1. hamanne Says:

    Interesting idea.

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