If You Looked Inside a Writer’s Brain #SundayBlogShare #writers

I find writer brains fascinating. So much activity goes on inside them.

Here is my list of what I believe to be inside a writer’s brain.

  1. W.I.P Lobe.  This is where you store all information, emotions, feelings, plot structures and characters relating to your current creative project. Depending on where you are at with your project, this part of your mind can either be a busy place with the lights on or it can be quiet, deserted and dark.
  2. Past Work Lobe This is where you store all your thoughts, emotions, bad memories and characters relating to your past stories or previous creative projects. It is a great place to wander through when you are bored or desperate for inspiration. You might find that old characters wander out of this area and into the W.I.P lobe whenever they feel like it.
  3. Spare Character Lobe. This contains all those characters who never seem to fit into any stories but are too interesting to dismiss. They all sit in hope that one day you will do something with them.
  4. Coffee Artery. A huge artery soaking the writer’s mind with coffee. When this runs dry the writer has issues.
  5. Procrastinating Muscle. For some writers this muscle will be large and well flexed. This is the part of the mind the writer uses when they need to rearrange bookshelves, comb fluff out of the carpet, give the cat a much-needed makeover, decorate the entire house, remove every single leaf from the guttering and cook some new fangled recipe that no one will eat, but will take them away from writing.
  6. Publishing Horror Stories Lobe. This is where the writer stores all their publishing horror stories. Every writer has either experienced some form of publishing torture or has heard uncomfortable tales from other writers so these are all kept inside our brains.
  7. Negativity Muscle. Another important part of the writer’s mind. When we become negative about our writing we use this muscle. It has a direct link to our eyeballs and can help to turn on the waterworks in a flash. It also contains a store of all our negative feedback which can be called upon in a flash. In some of us this muscle is well flexed.
  8. New Idea Stem. This part of the writer’s mind can come to life at any time, even when the writer is sleeping.
  9. Social Media Muscle. This can be a huge part of the writer’s brain depending on how much love the writer has for social media. It is full of social media neurons; excitable cells that process and transmit social media activity throughout the body. You know the buzz you get when your tweet gets re-tweeted a couple of times – that’s your social media brain muscle doing its job!
  10. The Precious Story Lobe . We all have a precious story. It is one that we either cannot write or one which we are leaving till the time feels right. It is the story that excites us and makes our heart skip a little bit faster. This story is buried deep inside the lobe and tied with a red ribbon.
  11. Real Life Shutters. These are massive shutters that go down in our heads when we need to escape to fantasy land. We switch off real life and put our bodies on auto-pilot. If you have ever tried to disturb a writer when they are deep in thought you will notice that their eyes, nose, lungs, limbs and heart are all still working, but they will be wearing a blank / dazed facial expression. It will take a couple of nudges, a frantic hand wave or a few loud claps in front of their eyes to get some sign of life from them. This is because their real life shutters are down.
  12. The Writer’s Portal Door to Another World. We all have a little door, deep inside our brain. It’s the portal we go through to be transported off to another world.

This is mine…


Photo Credit: Pixabay

Have a fabulous day and if you are a writer don’t be afraid to pull down those real life shutters and head for your Writer’s Portal Door!


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Lucy Mitchell lives in South Wales with her husband, her two teenage daughters, a giant labrador and a gang of unruly cats. Lucy is the author of the award winning blog, BlondeWriteMore and was a Featured Romance Author on Wattpad. When she’s not working or writing, Lucy can be found listening to audiobooks in a muddy field with her dog or sat outside her local pub in the sunshine enjoying a glass of wine. Her debut novel Instructions Falling In Love Again is OUT now and already pulling in some fabulous reviews ❤️

61 thoughts on “If You Looked Inside a Writer’s Brain #SundayBlogShare #writers

  1. I think there’s also a part of the writer’s brain that acts as a reward center every time a writer finally figure out how to write a paragraph or sentence that had them stumped for days, weeks, or even longer. Finally solving the mystery of how to word a troubling passage can trigger a writer’s high that makes cocaine seem like decaf.

    1. Do you know what – you are right! It’s taken me 3 wks to rewrite the first chapter of my second draft and its finally happened tonight. I feel alive and energised. Thank you for your fab comment!

  2. Wow, it’s like you read my mind! Although my coffee artery is designed for tea. Definitely identify with the procrastinating muscle, I mean, I’m on here instead of writing…..

  3. This is a fantastic article! I especially like #3 because I always have characters that I hang on to from previous stories that fall flat and hope to use them in a later story that will end up finished. I think I need a declutter-ifyer for my mind sometimes.

  4. Hey… Where did you get that picture of me? (The one at the top, just to be clear.) I completely agree. Writers’ brains are fascinating places. Scary, sometimes, but utterly fascinating.

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