The Write Brained
As soon as someone finds out what I do for a living, I always get asked the same question every time: “So, how do you like, always think of things to write?” The truth is it isn’t just one thing. Most people think being a writer means waking up late and drinking coffee on the veranda while typing a couple of inspired sentences and then having the rest of the day free, but that couldn’t be further from my experience. Mostly you wait around for inspiration. It could be a song, a movie or even some random words in a conversation with a friend that suddenly sets your mind on fire with ideas. Sometimes it will hit you when working out or sitting in traffic and you have to scramble for a pen to write down that perfect idea.
In the writer’s room, I post concepts on corkboard that I can read whenever I pass by. Glancing at these “ideas” between projects somehow plants a seed in the back of my mind that usually blossoms into a full blown idea for an angle. Funny, snappy, clever and creative, we writers possess talents that may be a little weird to most, but really we’re just as nice as anyone else–that is, until you start asking us to “take a quick look” at what you wrote in that card to your grandma or boss or cousin or boyfriend or…sigh.