The best ideas always hit us when we’re halfway to falling asleep, don’t you agree? At least, that seems to happen to me. By now, you would think I’d learn to get my butt out of bed and write the golden stuff down before I forget it.
Well, I’m too lazy to do that most of the time. Yesterday, the laziness bit me. It bit me good. For only about the hundredth time.
Yesterday night, as I was trying to fall asleep, I was trying to think of a topic for a blog post. I ended up getting two great ones!
- The first I hope to write about tomorrow. I think a post I recently read somewhere might have inspired the thought: how editing for content (cohesion) is different than editing for flow. Cohesion and flow are different things and you should tackle cohesion first. That’ll be tomorrow’s post.
- The second idea was unrelated, and I think I remember liking it more than the first one. Unfortunately, I have no idea what it is. Not the slightest clue.
I almost got out of bed to grab a pen. But I was tired–I’m always tired these days–and I told myself, “I can remember this. They’re two ideas. Just two.”
I even ran them through my head a few times, really concentrating on them and going through them so that they would stick. Well, they didn’t.
ACT NOW! Scumbag brain’s offers for a limited time only
At least, I guess, I got this post out of the experience, so I did end up with two total! Just not the two I would have preferred.
This, then, is a friendly reminder about your frenemy, scumbag brain. (Yeah, there’s a meme about scumbag brain, this kind of betrayal is so common.)
Scumbag brain will frequently give you creative, magnificent inspiration for your writing at inopportune moments. This includes:
- Ideas for blog posts
- Amazing concepts you can develop into a future short story or novel
- A fully formed image of a great character
- Solutions to blocks in your writing
- Ideas for a plot twist
- Unexpected revelations about your characters (which often lead to a solution to a block or an idea for a plot twist)
Scumbag brain is a lot like an infomercial announcer. (Rest in peace, Billy Mays). His offers are available for a limited time only, except they’re of high quality and they’re “products” I actually need. They’re free, in every respect. No strings attached. And yet I pass on them. Why?
Because I’m too lazy to jump out of bed? UGH!
Well, next time I’ll get up and walk over to the desk. Seriously, it’s only just across the room. What’s so difficult about that?
Well, okay, maybe it’s not really that I’m lazy. Lazy is me realizing I could have written this post as a fable with a bit of humor attached, contemplating rewriting it that way, and deciding no. It’s already mostly written, and I’m not putting more time into it.
You see, not writing my ideas down isn’t entirely laziness. It’s more that I trust scumbag brain not to withdraw the offer he put on the table.. I trust it’ll still be around in the morning.
I trust scumbag brain because I generally have a really good memory. Really, really good. I know so much useless trivia about everything….
But that’s the point: I remember useless stuff. I guess I should remind myself that I remember the useless stuff, and that’s part of scumbag brain being a scumbag.
He helps me remember useless facts and ideas so that I convince myself I’ll remember the good ones when the good ones come along.
You see, he wouldn’t be a scumbag just for taking away the offer. He announces, more or less, that the offer’s limited time only. No, he’s a scumbag because he gives a *wink wink* “I won’t really take it away “*nudge nudge* that makes me doubt he’ll withdraw the goods.
Anyway, that’s your PSA for the day. Don’t trust scumbag brain. Write your ideas down.
So, how has scumbag brain gotten you recently? What are the tricks that get you? Have you learned the hard way to get out of bed and reach for the notepad?
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