Get to know Imma

Imma:  “I understand Gram’s frustration.  Really, I do!  But I can’t really be bothered with those things.  I am here to create first and foremost.  The nuts and bolts of writing are an afterthought at best, especially when I’m in “the mode”.  I start writing, and the words flow out like water from an open spigot.  When you have water flowing, you let it flow until the bucket/page is full.  You don’t stop half way to perform some function on the water.  You wait until the water is finished filling up the receptacle before you do whatever you wanted with the water.  I don’t know if that makes a lot of sense, but that’s one of the great things about being me.   I can create without worrying about those things like Gram does.  I can go with the flow (pun intended:) and see what ‘happy accidents’ occur along the way.  It’s always an adventure, and you never know what the outcome will be.  Gram struggles with that, but for me, if it makes sense to me, it’s good enough.  There’s always someone out there who understands what I was going for.”

Imma seldom loses friends because of her attention to detail, but she has caused them to gain a few gray hairs trying to deal with her free spirit attitude.  Imma cares about grammar and the rules of writing in a peripheral sort of way, but those things are secondary to the creative process.  Let’s look at some of her characteristics.

Imma is:

Random  ~ 1.  proceeding, made, or occuring without definate aim, reason, or pattern.  4b. odd and unpredictable in an amusing way.

Imma is not logical in the Gram sense of the word.  She is random and tends to head in one direction only to end up in another.  She is fun, flexible, and writes with the ‘buckshot’ approach, allowing her pen to lead her where it will.


Intuitive ~ perceiving by intuition, as a person or the mind.  3. having or possessing intuition.

This is the character trait most people associate with free spirits or right-brainers.  Their logic is based on intuition rather than cold, hard facts.  They can make an assessment and move on without pro/con lists or deep analysis.  She goes with her gut, and this intuitive streak shows in her writing.  She may not be able to give you all the facts, but she can still get the reader to the point.  Her intuition often helps her out in social settings as well, which makes her better at promoting her work through social networking.


Holistic ~ 1. incorporating the concept of holism in theory or practice, relating to the … consideration of the complete person, physically and psychologically.  complete, whole.

This and the final characteristic go together.  Imma’s holistic nature leads her to look at the entire thing, the big picture, instead of focusing on individual aspects as Gram might do.  In her writing she considers how the subject of her writing will affect the whole reader (or even the whole reader population).  She considers the whole of a subject and is not one for to-do lists or worry about whether her writing output makes sense to everyone (the Gram readers).  She wants everyone to like it, but stays true to herself without worrying overly about the pieces of her writing.


Synthesizing ~ to form (a material or abstract entity) by combining parts or elements (opposed to analyze)   {one separates into parts – the other brings the parts into a while}

Where a Gram will break apart and analyze, Imma will take the parts and synthesize them into a whole.  She’s not interested in the minutia or the deep meanings.  She can intuitively take those parts and make them come together into a while in her writing.


Subjective ~ 1. existing in the mind; belonging to the thinking subject rather than to the object of thought (opposed to the objective) 2. pertaining to or characteristic of an individual; personal 3 placing excessive emphasis on one’s own moods, attitudes, opinions, etc.; unduly egocentric

Some would say Imma’s subjective nature means it’s all about her, and in many ways, this is true.  Imma is not objective; she bounces everything off her own filters and lives in her mind.  An object is not the object, but what it represents to her.  This comes out in her poetry, as she writes about things in a subjective, sometimes abstract way that lends the object (idea, theory, etc.) a more metaphorical existence than the practical nuts and bolts of the item, idea, etc.  Her writing and the topics of her writing goes through the filter of her own subjectiveness and her own interpretations.


Looks at wholes ~ [whole: the whole assemblage of parts or elements belonging to a thing … a thing complete in itself, or comprising all its parts or elements … an assemblage of parts assciated or viewed together as one thing, a unitary system.

Imma looks at holes wholes while Gram looks at parts.  Gram likes to take her parts, analyze them, and then put them together like a puzzle.  Imma sees the whole and has no need to see something as parts that make up the whole.  It is what it is, especially as it runs through her subjective filter, and she can appreciate it as a while without analyzing its parts.  This makes Imma good at assessing something as a whole and presenting it in her writing, which tends to be quite creative.

Right Brain/Left Brain list of characteristics

In case you missed it in the last post, here are a couple tests to see if you are right, left or both:

The Right/Left Brain test:

Another quick Right/Left Brain test:

What did you discover?  How does your writing reflect what you discovered?  Have you found and accepted your place in the writing world or do you still seek to be like others who have a different skill set?  Have you found ways to take advantage of your own skill set by the writing tasks you set for yourself or accept from others?

I have to make a confession here:  Ordinarily, when I do the test (2nd link) I see the woman turning both ways.  However, I find as I pursue this blog, that whichever persona I am writing about (or who is writing here) determines which way she will turn.  I can switch back to seeing both if I take a break.  Hmmmm.


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