I recently observed that my brain, being a writer, functions differently from a "normal brain." Not that I have the stereotypical brain, but I have my sources. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't have it any other way; I love my brain (weird as that sounds).
So here are a couple everyday situations and the different ways they react!
Someone asks: "How's your book going?"
Normal reply: "Pretty good; I've read a hundred pages so far, and can't wait to see what the author has in store for me next!"
Writer's reply: PANIC PANIC PANIC. How do they know I'm writing a book??? Have they been spying on me? How do I summarize it in a few sentences? It's still a messy first draft. PANIC STATIONS "Um...ok?"
Seeing a pretty red dress in a store
Normal: Hmm, I should buy that. Do they have it in my size?
Writer: Is that blood red? Or the red of the bottom of a wine glass? Would my character wear that? They probably would; it would hide blood stains.
Browsing through Pinterest
Normal: Ooh, a nice shirt! Think I'll pin this.
Writer: Ohmygoodness, that person looks like my protagonist. Who is that model??? I must find them and stalk all their photos and pin pin pin. Wait. What if they're actually my protagonist but like, a real-life contemporary version? Mind=blown.
Hearing a noise in the night
Normal: It's probably the wind.
Writer: Burglars! Quick, what can I use as a weapon? I know, the toothbrush. I'll gouge their eyes out with it.
It must have been aliens. No, dragons that have teleported from a different dimension and now want to take me back with them. I'll ride on their backs and save the world! Yep, gotta be dragons.
|You never know, it could happen|
Surfing the web
Writer Search: 100 ways to kill a person
In a stationery shop
Normal: Let's get what we need and get out.
Writer: I just need a new pencil, but look at this notebook! And this one! Oooh and these gel pens are on special, as are these stickers, and wow are those carrot-shaped pencil sharpeners half-price???
Reading the news
Normal: All of this is horrible. Our world is a sad place right now.
Writer: This is bad...another war? Have I done a war story yet? Yeah, three dozen, but look at the fresh perspective this offers. *plot bunnies sprout from everywhere*
Writing a shopping list
Normal: Let's see, I need milk, potatoes, apples, and saffron.
Writer: Let's see, I need chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, a little more chocolate, and...what was it again? Right, sanity.
Do you connect with any of these writer's brain responses? (Or I am a lone bunny in all of these??) How do you resist the urge to buy every single notebook in the stationery store?