My Poor Crowded Brain

on December 6, 2010 in Misc

Ever have days when you feel like your brain is so overloaded it’s going to explode?

Physically, I’ve been doing better the last couple weeks. I’ve gotten in enough quickie workouts at the office gym to build my stamina back up. Then this last Saturday and Sunday when I pushed myself I did just fine. My body is happier now. I even feel kinda hot – physically, at least.

Mentally I’m close to being a basket case.

If you’re a writer, you know what I mean.  It’ s not just everyday work and family and To Do Lists and frickin’ holiday stuff that’s piling up in our heads.  We writers start with that mess and then throw on our novels and stories and plots and characters and themes and so much other fictional flotsam and jetsam that our poor gray matter is ready to blow a neuronal fuse.

This is why I’m so spacey, I tell people.  ‘Cause I’m a writer.

Non-writers really don’t understand how tough it is for us when we’re in the final stages of rewriting a novel.  We’re so close to that glorious moment when we can type (yet again) THE END, and this time really mean it, that it’s hard to concentrate on anything else.  Because once we get to that real, absolute END we can finally have some peace.  No more characters talking in our heads.  No more distractions over plot twists.  No more calculating how much time we can squeeze out of our busy schedules to get some writing done.  Because it’s DONE!

And so, if in the next few weeks I come across to you as mentally not quite with it, please be patient.  I’m merely suffering through the dreaded final stages of Writer’s Syndrome.

12 Responses to “My Poor Crowded Brain”

  1. ann says:

    I’m so glad Robert enjoyed your novel. Soon you’ll be introducing Layla to the world. And just like Young Frankenstein you’ll declare, “It’s alive. It’s alive!”

  2. Hart says:

    I hate to be the harbinger of doom, but there will be no peace… these characters will bid thee well and new ones will start living their lives in your brain. And then you will have an editor or critique partner or some other well-meaning soul say “you know… you maybe should try this HERE’ and you will have to invite BACK your DONE characters and let them cohabitate with your new ones… I suggest just making peace with the insanity now.

  3. Cinette says:

    My family is getting used to my lack of ‘being present’. I’m here in body, but not always in mind. My kids even try to use it to their advantage…

  4. Cinette says:

    My family is getting used to my not being ‘present’. I’m here in body, but not always in mind. My kids even try to use it to their advantage…

  5. Helena says:

    Cinette — So your loved ones must say “Earth to Cinette, come in Cinette” a lot. I pretty much get the same thing.

  6. Helena says:

    Hart — NO! NO! Make the voices stop! Maybe there’s medication for writers…

  7. Helena says:

    Ann — I never made that connection to those Frankenstein photos! Very clever of you…

  8. […] …for being insane :D We writers start with that mess and then throw on our novels and stories and plots and characters and themes and so much other fictional flotsam and jetsam that our poor gray matter is ready to blow a neuronal fuse. (from Becoming Layla) […]

  9. Helena says:

    Literary Lint — Yes, it’s a dirty job, being insane. But happily I’m well qualified to do it.

  10. Ketutar says:

    “Because once we get to that real, absolute END we can finally have some peace. No more characters talking in our heads. No more distractions over plot twists. No more calculating how much time we can squeeze out of our busy schedules to get some writing done. Because it’s DONE!”

    Yeah… for this time. And then it starts over the next morning :-D

  11. Helena says:

    Ketutar — Maybe that’s another reason why I’m so not a morning person.

  12. Helena says:

    Cinette – Kinda like having an out of body experience, isn’t it?