How Writing Can Affect Your Brain (INFOGRAPHIC)

We write something down every day and even many times a day, whether it’s a grocery list, filling out documents at work or writing stories and articles like I do. But did you know that the act of writing can affect your brain in different ways? Well, according to this infographic below, it can!

How the brain interprets words

The two principal parts of the brain that decipher writing are the frontal and the parietal lobes. The first one helps you with your writing and the second one helps you detect written words as well as language.

Another part of the brain called RAS (reticular activation system), is a group of cells that helps you remember something better when written down with a pen and paper.

The act of writing

Writing stories can affect people in a way that you can’t even imagine. In fact, it has a very powerful influence on people’s emotions, thoughts, and ideas, especially when the story is told verbally.

In studies conducted by scientists at Princeton University, the brain activity of the listener went into sync with the brain activity of the woman telling the story.

Therefore, the scientists came to the conclusion that writers could stimulate readers’ brain and make them feel like they were experiencing the story like it was really happening.

How does writing affect the brain?

Best Infographics brings us the infographic below about the act of writing and the way it affects our brain. We constantly write and read without thinking about it, but these actions trigger chemical reactions that are pretty impressive. Here is what you will find in the infographic:

  • How does the act of writing affect your brain?
  • Why does writing things down help us remember?
  • Why is telling a story so much more memorable than the bare facts?
  • Why you should avoid clichés in your writing
  • Other interesting facts about reading and writing and the brain

Various parts of the brain work together to stimulate your creativity and imagination. Writing also helps reduce stress, focus better and have a better memory. Read below to discover the amazing power of the act of writing and how it affects your brain.

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Over to you

Did you ever think about the way writing could affect your brain? Do you find fascinating the way your brain is involved in any little things you do?

Personally, the brain will never cease to amaze me. This organ is very impressive and is much more powerful than most people think! Please share your thoughts in the comment box below.


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  1. Hey Nataly,

    This is a cool infographic. Thanks for sharing it with us. I knew writing stimulated the brain but not to this extent. I think it’s amazing.

    It’s funny the infographic mentions we retain more when we write. I tend to remember things and learn better when I write stuff down…and I do write my name when I try out a new pen. 🙂

    Hope you’re enjoying your day off! Talk to ya soon. 🙂


    1. Hey Cori,

      You’re right, that’s a very cool infographic. I love scientific explanations about stuff like that. It’s nice to know why some things happen the way they do and how they can affect us.

      I also remember and learn things better when I write them down. But I don’t write my name when I try out new pens, I write “hello”. I guess I’m part of the 3%! Lol! But for me it’s true that writing is like meditation, it definitely relaxes me.

      Thanks for reading this, hun and have a great week ahead! 🙂


  2. Very cool infographic my friend. I think it’s fascinating how writing can affect the brain. When I’m writing my short stories, I’m in a fantasy world. A smile on my face and whatever is in my brain gets put down on paper. However, when I forcing myself to write, as in a blog post, it definitely affects my writing style and usually will be a flop. A brain plays a very important role in our writing style. Thanks for sharing this!


    1. Hey girlie,

      I know what you mean about being in the “zone” when writing short stories. I thought writing fantasy stories would be very hard, but I discovered that the words seem to flow alone without even thinking about it. But writing blog posts is all about writing what you researched, and that’s definitely not the same.

      Btw, I don’t think you could be able to write a flop, even if you wanted to! 😉

      Hope you’re enjoying your sabbatical, my friend. Take care of yourself and have a great weekend. 🙂


  3. My sisters are advocates of writing down affirmations every day and seeing them come to fruition. This infographic helps that argument in a way. I’ve been doing it, but dropped off. I might resume writing things in pen now.


    1. Hello Gin and welcome to my site,

      I think that writing affirmations down like your sisters are doing is a great way of keeping track of what will happen for real and what won’t. I’ll agree with you though, it takes a good deal of determination to do it every day.

      Glad you liked the infographic. Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to read my post. Have a great Sunday! 🙂


  4. Hi Nataly,

    You have done a great job my sister. Infographic is really well designed with good information. I really liked it. Definitely I will not leave your blog alone in future too because you have a great information which you are sharing with us with the help of blog.

    Thanks and Lots Of Love ❤

    ~Dr. Diana Hardy


    1. Hello Dr Diana,

      I am so sorry for the late reply, I guess I missed your comment! Thank you so much for your kind words. I am glad you liked the infographic.

      Thanks for commenting! I hope you’ll come back often. Have a great Sunday! 🙂


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