When Your Writer Brain Comes To Life – 8 Inconvenient Moments #SundayBlogShare #AmWriting

Some days you can sit at your desk, staring gloomily at your laptop screen or notepad and your brain feels similar to an empty office which has closed down for the night. The lights are off and everything is quiet.

Then, you decide to have a well-earned break from your beloved project and do some housework. Boom! Suddenly your creative brain wakes up, the lights get flicked back on inside your head and everything comes alive. The idea generator in the corner of your mind rattles into action and within seconds you are inundated with a load of ideas, story plot snippets and character thoughts.

As much as we love this part of our artistic life it can be a bit tedious, because you can guarantee your creative brain will come to life and leap into action at any inconvenient moment. In my experience these are moments when you have little chance of grabbing a pen or paper or situations where you don’t need to be thinking about….the opening to chapter four in your draft novel.

Here is a list of 8 inconvenient moments:

  1. Middle of the night. My favourite situation is where you are woken up in the small hours with a plot hole. Who can go back to sleep after this???
  2. Parking the car. I was sadly born without any parking spacial awareness. To say I struggle with parking is an understatement. So when I am busy approaching the parking space for the 56th time and a small crowd of onlookers have gathered round to watch, my creative brain will kick into action and send me a tantalising new idea. All hope of successfully parking properly without scratching the car vanishes.
  3. Mid conversation with a loved one. You and your loved one are having a heated debate about the quality of matched socks and you are being blamed for the slippage in sock matching standards. As your loved one launches into a lecture on the importance of wearing matching socks, your creative brain comes to life. Whilst your loved one’s mouth starts to move, all you can think about is the new handsome male character, strolling about your mind. *Sigh*
  4. On the motorway. This happens to me a lot. Frustratingly my creative brain comes alive at the start of a lengthy car journey on the motorway. I will then spend an agonising couple of hours at the wheel with the best story ideas ever, all coming to the boil inside my head. Cruel. This is why I normally emerge from long car journeys looking a bit sweaty and red-faced.
  5. In the supermarket. You have forgotten your shopping list and are wandering aimlessly about your supermarket, scratching your head and trying to remember what you needed to buy. Your creative brain wakes up in the tinned vegetable aisle. Boom! A whopper of a new story presents itself to you by the tinned beetroot. All hope of you returning home with anything from the original list vanishes and you are seen scurrying off towards the cafe, for a coffee and a scribble.
  6. On a long country walk. Halfway up a huge hill and in the middle of nowhere your creative mind comes to life to tell you it has managed to fill in that crater sized plot hole, you found before you went out. Ugh! You then spend the rest of your relaxing walk, itching to get home. Very frustrating.
  7. Doing the ironing. What is it with ironing and creative thoughts? I only have to pick up an iron and my creative mind wakes up. All hope of my loved ones getting ironed clothes disappears.
  8. During a romantic moment. Whilst listening to Luther Vandross and sipping on a nice glass of Pinot G, in a candle lit room, you stop making soft cooing noises at your loved one. Your creative mind has woken up, to remind you the ending of your draft novel needs improving. This story needs to go out with a bang. As your loved one cranks up the volume on the Luther Vandross number and gives you a cheeky wink, all romantic thoughts vanish and are replaced with some imaginative ideas on how you can bring things to a climax in the final few chapters. *Sigh*

Stay calm out there writers.

These special moments are sent to test us.

photo credit: Stocksnap

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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 ❤️

26 thoughts on “When Your Writer Brain Comes To Life – 8 Inconvenient Moments #SundayBlogShare #AmWriting

    1. Yes agree Ritu! Someone needs to invent a writer bum bag which we can wear around our waist at all times with crucial items inside – pad, pencil, lip balm, tissues, one of your cakes 🌸

      1. Lol! Great idea… though must remember to take off at night and put by bedside or it will be protruding pens waking us rather than ideas! 😂😉🌹

  1. Great article! I identify with all of these, though I must say I enjoy it when it happens on the long walk or long drive because then I have plenty of time to get the idea worked out in my head before I get home. But the rest…yeah, super frustrating.

  2. Creative ideas do come at most inconvenient times.Add gardening to the list of times ideas pop into your brain. That is one time I don’t have a notebook handy. I have pens and notebooks all over the house and in my purse. A lot of times ideas come from a dream I’ve had and I have to write it down as soon as I wake up that is if I remember the dream. Most of the times I remember at least part of the dream.

  3. This was far too real a read for a Monday morning, haha. My brain comes ALIVE at night, I think I’ve written whole series of books as I try to get my head down and fall asleep, only to come to the morning without an smidge of remembrance!

    Being at work also does this to me, especially if I’m working on something mindnumbingly dull or I’m in a meeting I know nothing about… I’ve had a few epiphanies mid-meeting and had to hide the smirk on my face in case my work mistook it as me having something to say!

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