Writer Brain PitfallsThe Writer Brain never truly shuts off. Its constant analytics allow for great story-making, but also tend to run against the grain if left unsupervised for too long. Below are some interesting (and unfortunate) ways the Writer Brain trips up in polite society:

1. Writers talk about murder [of characters] openly on public transit.

2. Telling a writer an interesting factoid will get you the response, “I just blogged that the other day…”

3. Writers correct their friends’ Facebook posts. They don’t bother to privately message in case others have had the same grammar issue.

4. Writers can wait at a stoplight and realize they’re getting road rage, not from traffic, but from the misspelled bumper sticker on the car in front of them.

5. Writers can sit in church, listening to the sermon, and think, “I’d re-word that last line a bit for better effect. You’re gonna lose this audience.”

6. Writers carry a pen so they can take notes, of course, but mostly so that they have the ability to correct signage and textbooks because really, these days they can take notes on their phone, tablet, laptop, and digital recorder that they almost always carry everywhere.

7. Writers stop someone in the middle of a story about their day to point out the proper/improper grammar usage just exhibited, accompanied by a “Don’t worry; it’s an obscure rule,” or a “Good job!” depending on what was just said.

8. Asking a writer a question will get you a sigh, a headshake, and a, “You didn’t read my blog today or you’d know this,” answer.

9. Writers hear improper grammar on a commercial, roll their eyes and say, “See? Everyone needs an editor,” even if no one’s around to hear it.

10. Writers can walk across campus after someone they really liked just admitted to having a girlfriend/boyfriend, and as soon as the Writer Brain realizes how low it feels, it thinks, “Ooh, how do I write this?” and suddenly the disappointment has become an experiment in literature, causing the writer to feel great about feeling bad.

True stuff.

Or so I’ve heard.

Jody Brown~
Jody Brown is the author of Upside Down Kingdom, and is a multi-blogger, poet, and traveler with a love of human interest, irony, and wild encouragement. Her current writing projects, including this daily blog endeavor, #Project365, can be found at JodyBrown.com/writing