As I logged onto the site and prepared to write my weekly post I was at a total loss of what to write. The longer I stared at the blinking cursor in the blank post the more I had no idea what to say. I wanted to come up with something witty or meaningful but anything worth putting out there completely eluded me
I decided that I would roam around Facebook for a while and then come back to it. When I was refilling my coffee cup and the first cup was finally taking effect it hit me.
I had fallen into the same trap that so many people set up for writers. It is often times thought that since I can write a whole book that means I can write anything. The problem is that when you are put on the spot and told write this, my brain just stops. It refuses to do what it is told. In other words my brain is like a petulant child that says “Nope. You told me to do this so I am going to do the exact opposite. Maybe you should have asked nicely.” It doesn’t matter that I am the one telling it what to do, it still wants me to ask nicely.
It wasn’t until I had decided that it was best for me to navigate away from the post and come back to it later that my brain says “Oh, good she is not paying attention so now I can ambush her with a brilliant idea!”
A writers brain is very temper-mental and will often times pick the worst possible moment to give you a moment of brilliance. If you are having a plot problem and you just can’t figure out how to get your character out of the current situation and move on, then start something else get really involved in it and then your brain will spit out the perfect solution.
I should have known better than to try and get my brain to do something useful before my morning coffee. If it is not correctly caffeinated then it will adamantly refuse to do anything. Of course, there is the problem of trying to force something great instead of just letting it come to me.
I know that some of you are reading this and saying “She acts like her brain is a separate entity from her and that is just crazy.” You are right. For a writer to be good at what they do, in my opinion, they have to be a little crazy. When else is it alright to carry on conversations and sometimes even arguments with the voices in your head? That is common for writers brain, but most others will never understand that.
So, all I am trying to say is keep the brain happy and know that it will give you what it wants when it wants to. Only other writers will understand but readers will celebrate it without even realizing it.
This is just a small look at the chaos in my head 🙂