We’re all a little crazy… part II

September 11, 2010

Yesterday, I wrote about how you have to be a little odd to want to make a go of this writing thing. That was mostly from the angle of “you’d have to be crazy to do that much work only to risk rejection… and then be willing to do it again.” However, it’s not just this relentless, lemming-like persistence that adds to the odd factor. Many, many characters and stories spring from the… um… the unique way we view the world around us.

For example, I was out walking the other day, and I came across a fallen branch. This thing was twice my height, but thin enough to wrap my hands around. So, it occurred to me that it looked like a skinny, lizardlike alien lying on its back. Then I started thinking how it looked like a skinny, lizardlike alien that had fallen on its back, like it’d been shot. And hey, didn’t it look kind of sad? Kind of noble? And I wondered why this alien had been shot, if it was in a war, maybe against other aliens… and there were humans caught in the middle! Innocent explorers, who’d landed smack in the middle of this conflict. And this alien had been trying to help them when it was killed!

That’s when I realized I’d been standing and staring at this branch for a good five minutes. Dogwalkers and small children were avoiding me.

But, judging from other writers I’ve talked to, this thought process isn’t terribly uncommon. It’s not that we’re willing to take things a step further, it’s that we automatically leap there. That’s why, when you notice that guy who’s been walking behind you for three blocks, you might assume he’s a hit man rather than someone going the same way. Similarly, when a pinprick of light zooms through the night sky, your first thought may not be “airplane!” It might be “UFO!”

Maybe you’re a little paranoid (no, I’m not talking about you). Maybe you like conspiracy theories… or have formulated your own (IWI has nothing to do with the CIA… why do you ask?). Maybe you tend to treat everything in the whole entire world to the grossest over-exaggeration in the history of the universe. Does it make you a little crazy?

Well… just a little.

But that’s cool! Because that means that the neurons in your brain are firing differently and making connections unlike anyone else’s. And we are all capable of this. That’s the best part. Everyone has had that moment where their mind leaps to something outside our normal, mundane existence. Sea monster! She’s leaving him! He’s keeping a dragon in his backyard!

Oh sure, the “rational” part of our minds knows it isn’t true. That’s not important. The important thing is, for the briefest instant, we can get beyond logic and rationality, and inhabit a reality of possibilities.

Besides, think of Chicken Little. A little crazy, but potentially a great post-apocalyptic writer.



PS. Just wanted to say hi to all our new readers. Hope you guys like what you read, and stick around! We’re thrilled to have you with us (yes, you :D).



  1. There is only one trait that marks the writer. He is always watching. It’s a kind of trick of the mind and he is born with it. ~ Morley Callahan

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    Write on!

  2. BTW: Jodi sent me around . . . after sharing the YOU ROCK award with you:


    • Hi there! Thanks for dropping by- I wasn’t aware of the YOU ROCK award. Now I feel all warm and fuzzy! Thank you for letting me know!

      Off to check out your blog now. 🙂

  3. Not uncommon at all. Before we write stories, they happen in our minds. I can just sit quietly for ten minutes and get so sad/angry/silly/indignant/happy about something that really didn’t happen that the emotion is visible on my face. Probably one of the reasons why I enjoy acting as well, though not nearly as much as writing.

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