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:
- 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???
- 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.
- 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*
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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