Author venn diagram

Jimmy Chen created this fun venn diagram for HTMLGiant, saying:

I think of all writing being from the head (pros: cerebral, conceptual; cons: didactic, dry), the mouth (pros: language, poetics; cons: empty banter, pure form), and the heart (pros: empathic, intimate; cons: sentimental, emotional) . My favorite writers, those in the white dashed center, are able to write from all three places.

[And yes, he apologizes for the lack of contemporary and women writers.]

So, do you agree with his assessment of these authors, or how he’s divided them by temperament? If you had to put yourself on this diagram, where would you fall? Let us know in the comments section below.

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is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."

2 thoughts on “Where do you write from: the head, the heart, or the mouth?

  1. Jones says:

    Interesting, not something that I’ve thought about before.
    Though I do think it is important to be somewhere in the center, I do think some articles has to lean to some site, to give the best result.

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