This is part one of a three-part series of a writer’s mind. The mind, in general, is fascinating, because the mind works nonstop, and it shapes up who we are as individuals. The past day led me to this series. I was exhausted yesterday and last night since it was a very hot day, and it takes a lot out of me. I thought I was okay to go to sleep, but my mind had other plans for me.
While I was sleep, I want to say three hours not even went by, and I woke up. I thought it was early morning, but I was freaked out since it was dark. I was trying to comprehend how it is so dark early morning. It was only two in the morning. An idea came to me in the form of a dream, and I wrote that idea down. After I was done with that, I got up and got myself a cup of ice water. The ideas were for an existing script, as well as a new idea for a new script in one night.
I did my exercise of dissecting the plot and doing what I call “Writer’s surgery”, which is putting the pieces together to see where it all fits. I knew it was a great idea, it was clearly jumbled in some areas. These exercises help me keep my mind going, and it helps me stay fresh with all ideas current and new. I eventually fell asleep. It wasn’t the end of it though. I kept thinking about it and referring to it.
The writer’s mind never stops working, and each writer has a unique mind that works in a million different ways. That whole night it was like I was trying to put the pieces together to make it into a legitimate story rather than a jumbled idea. It became clearer when I woke up. That all came to me in one night. I am a little exhausted from all of it, even after sleep.
You may feel tired even after having a normal sleep schedule. This may not happen every night (or maybe it does for you), but it is not a burden. It is a gift, a special gift that makes the writing experience fun. The fact my mind and so many writers mind can come up with something twenty-four hours a day is nothing short of amazing.
The next time a person ridicules a writer or even yourself for what you do, just remember you have a mind that only a few can truly understand. Utilize it any way possible, it certainly beats sitting in front of a screen and trying to brainstorm ideas all the time. This is only the beginning, stay tuned for part two of the writer’s mind as I share more experiences for writers and everyone to see, stay tuned.