Meredith Scott Lynn remembers the exact “aha” moment that inspired her to create Write Brain Books—illustrated, textless books with lines on the pages that are ready for writers to fill in.
“I grabbed a book to read to my niece, Lila,” said the vivacious redhead, who has a long career as an actor and currently stars on daytime soap “Days of Our Lives.” “There was an opening sentence on the first page, nothing but simplistic illustrations on the next nine, and a closing sentence on the last page. “In order to entertain both of us, I quickly shifted into storytelling mode, creating an elaborate and compelling story inspired by the images on the nine text-less pages,” she recalled with a laugh.
The rest, as they say, is history.
The name Write Brain Books comes from the theory of left-brain or right-brain dominance, with each side controlling different types of thinking, said Lynn.
“I find it frightening how our kids are being raised. They are growing up in a highly technological society and at a time when our educational system values standardized testing above most things, and the arts are no longer part of public schools.”
Write Brain’s wordless books provide youngsters an opportunity to express themselves using their own words. “They are allowed to be messy, to be expressive, to find their voices and share their ideas with others,” said Lynn. “And, creative writing activates a child’s right brain.” The books also foster the art of writing by hand, which is quickly vanishing, she adds.
“I really believe that the books connect children to their inner voices, and encourage more reflection and less distraction.” And, she says, they provide a much-needed balance to “techtivities,” which, according to many studies, are overwhelming children’s brains.
The books—30 in total, with 10 more coming—are wonderfully illustrated by emerging artists, many from San Francisco’s Academy of Art University. Each book includes the illustrator’s photo and bio, so until the child authors the book, the illustrator is the star,” said Lynn. When complete, the author’s photo will go right next to the illustrator’s, making them co-creators of an actual book that can then be ordered as a professionally printed hard cover or soft cover copy.
“It’s not about flipping off digital technology,” Lynn tells me in her delightfully appointed 554 N. Larchmont Blvd. office that exudes fun. “It’s about igniting and inspiring imagination and creativity in kids of all ages.
“Our philosophy is simple: self-expression boosts self-esteem,” she says. “Our books encourage creating and expressing by using imagination, which unlocks so many other life skills, including critical thinking problem solving, collaboration and innovating.
“Everyone has stories to tell,” adds Lynn. “In creating Write Brain Books, I want to offer children of all ages, and the adults who love them, an inspirational tool for creative expression that can be shelved or shared.”
For more information go to http://writebrainbooks.com/