What is Neuroplasticity?
Neuroplasticity, also known as brain plasticity or neural plasticity, is an umbrella term that describes lasting change to the brain throughout an individual’s life course. The term gained prominence in the latter half of the 20th century, when new research showed that many aspects of the brain can be altered (or are “plastic”) even into adulthood.This notion is in contrast with the previous scientific consensus that the brain develops during a critical period in early childhood and then remains relatively unchanged or “static”.
Neuroplasticity can be observed at multiple scales, from microscopic changes in individual neurons to larger-scale changes such as cortical remapping in response to injury. However, cortical remapping is more extensive early in development. Behavior, environmental stimuli, thought, and emotions may also cause neuroplastic change through activity-dependent plasticity, which has significant implications for healthy development, learning, memory, and recovery from brain damage.
Overcoming writer’s block, it is not a question of finding the magic bullet that will make life fine. It is important to ‘think beyond the pill. It’s going to take what I call a holistic solution. Some of that may involve the drug-device combination; coffee and chocolate. What most writers call brain fertilizer. Brain Fertilizer is a magical substance one can sprinkle over the brain and hope for the best to activate specific circuits upon which the brain’s self-nurturing and self-repairing capacities can act.
Writer’s block occurs for many reasons, to suffice every writer knows before they sit down to write if they are blocked, or they get stuck soon after starting. And the harder a writer tries, the more motivated, the more alert they are, the worse it gets.
This is because your brain is short circuiting and working against you.
The brain needs to be rewired.
What needs to change in the brain is to strengthen the connections between neurons that are engaged and weaken the misfiring ones that pull the writer away from writing.
Practice writing even when blocked to strengthen the links.
But, but, but, the writers lower lip trembles. I’m blocked!
Tell the three pounds of tofu-like tissue in your head to cooperate and put your creativity and imagination to use!
1) Write something different. Doesn’t matter. Write about the time in summer camp. I don’t care if you went camping or not.
2) Allow yourself to be lazy. Try to write the worst thing ever.
3) Ask the protagonist what they think. Write that down.
4) Get grade school and run in place as fast as possible for five minutes. Then put your trembling fingers to the keyboard and tell me why you are so out of shape.
5) Talk to an imaginary friend, talking to someone can help a writer in many ways.
6) Wash the dishes, then write about it. Your family will think you are even stranger.
7) Read a golf magazine. Anything so mind numbing is sure to drive you to words.
8) Wash the dishes, then write about it. Your family will think you are even stranger.
9) Use dolls to act out the story.
10) Take time to write the synopsis for your novel. This is guaranteed to make you write.
Break the mental loop. Learning-driven changes, strengthen the connections, increasing cell-to-cell cooperation increasing a writer’s chance of defeating writer’s block.
The more something is practiced, the more links are changed. The volume goes to eleven. Think of it like a “master controller” being formed for that particular behavior, which allows it to be performed with remarkable facility and reliability over time.
Every movement of learning provides a moment of opportunity for the brain to stabilize — and reduce the disruptive power of — potentially interfering backgrounds or “noise.” Each time your brain strengthens a connection to advance the mastery of a skill, it also weakens other connections of neurons that weren’t used at that precise moment. This change erases some of the irrelevant or interfering activity in the brain.