My fellow writers read the title to this post and immediately knew what I was talking about. The rest of you…well, I’m about to enlighten you. Writer brain is the blessing and the curse that all writers live with. It’s a blessing because it’s what helps us get past those sticky plot points or turn the story in a completely unexpected direction. It’s a curse because we take an ordinary every day situation and our brain twists it and twists it some more.
For example, when a normal person drives down the street and a car passes going the other direction its not a big deal. This is how my brain works. ‘What if he suddenly swerved over? I’d have to go down that embankment to get away from him. I wonder if that’s steep enough to make my car roll. Do I have my cell phone with me so they can call my husband when they find me?’ Fun, right? Morbid? yes. Can I help it? No.
Reading that, it really shouldn’t surprise you to discover that it is a very thin line that separates writers from schizophrenics. The main difference is writers know what’s in their brain isn’t real. It also shouldn’t surprise you that if you search ‘are writers crazy’ you get over 54,000,000 hits.
Unfortunately my son has inherited my brain and automatically thinks of the worst ten things that could happen in any given situation. But I know his brain and how it works so that helps me to understand him and helps me to explain to him why he does the things he does.
There isn’t really a point to this post other than to say I am surrounded by people one shade short of crazy and it makes me deliriously happy to be one of them.
Happy reading and writing, my friends.