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If you've ever hurt your hand, you know how this is; you suddenly feel so uncoordinated trying to accomplish the most simple tasks. So those right handed people reading this newsletter, raise your left hand and use it!
So for a fun tongue twister...try to read this newsletter aloud and quickly, hahahaha. There are four types of handedness: left-handedness, right-handedness, mixed-handedness, and ambidexterity.
Right handed is the most common dominant hand. In baseball, coaches often decide pitching and batting by the handedness of the team player coming up to bat. Many tools and musical instruments are designed for right handedness.
Left handed is more common among men than women. I also read that lower-birth-weight and complications at birth are positively correlated with left-handness. An excess of non-right-handedness in schizophrenia is demonstrated as an empirical effect. One systematic review concluded: "Left-handers showed no systematic tendency to suffer from disorders of the immune system". (Love that Wikipedia, there's a story in there somewhere.) Fourteen of the top twenty career batting averages in Major League Baseball history have been posted by left-handed batters. Black magic is sometimes referred to as the "left-hand path". Kangaroos and other macropod marsupials have a left-hand preference for everyday tasks in the wild.
Cross-dominance or mixed-handedness is the change of hand preference between tasks. In other words, a person could write with a pen in their right hand but bat baseball lefty. A person who is cross-dominant can also be stronger on the opposite side of the body that they favor; for example, a right-handed person can be stronger on the left side. Cross-dominance can often be a problem when shooting or in activities that require aim, although athletes can still achieve success in sports that require accuracy, like passing in American football and shooting in basketball.
Ambidexterity is exceptionally rare, although it can be learned. A truly ambidextrous person is able to do any task equally well with either hand. Those who learn it still tend to favor their originally dominant hand. Some days I dearly wish I had this talent.
So with your dominant or non-dominant hand, Write On!
This month's question: Have you ever been forced to use your non-dominant hand for a length of time? How did it make you feel?
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|This month's question: Have you ever been forced to use your non-dominant hand for a length of time? How did it make you feel? How do you use that in your writing?|
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Last month's "Action/Adventure Newsletter (February 15, 2023)" question: What are you passionate about? How do you use that in your writing?
Beholden : Thank you very much for including my short story, "Uriah and the Tagman" , among your Editor's Picks.
As for what I'm passionate about, geography is high on the list and history scores well too. I love motor racing but it's not an area that offers any ideas for fiction - its actual drama is always much better than anything you could dream up. As I get older, I find myself caring more about all sorts of things. I guess the truth is I care about whatever I can get a story from.
~Lifelessons~ : conveying other's emotions. Living in their shoes and expressing the journey
TheBusmanPoet : Everything I do, I do with a passion that pales in comparison what a normal persons passion may be. I take it to a whole other level.
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Cloud : Im very passionate about my art, whether it’s traditional pencil art, or literature art. It all brings me so much joy what I can write or draw what I can’t say. I’m also very passionate about equestrian horse back riding!
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My passion is treating every individual like a Monet painting. Guarding my heart and staying loyal to what I think is the hard part.
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When I'm sad, crying and can bare no more, I shed away as many tears needed, however long it takes
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