I found this meme on Writers Write’s Facebook page the other day, and it really summed up my writing process:
Me, right now.
Technically, right now I have an idea for a new short story (that will also be part of the trilogy I want to write some day). But I’m trying to edit my stupid fucking book, and I don’t wanna.
Me, trying to have an idea while writing: Idea?
Me, trying to edit book: Idea?
Brain: Ooh look at all the shiny new ideas….
Me: But I still need to finish fixing this fucking book, then I have to finish fixing the other fucking book, then I have to finish WRITING the OTHER fucking book….
Brain: Here is another idea that has nothing to do with any of that.
Me: Brain, you’re fired.
Brain: You can’t fire me, neener-neener-neener.
Me: Please can I have something to help me with the task at hand?
Brain: No, but here is another unrelated idea.
Me: NO. FOCUS ON TASK AT HAND.
Brain: It has dystopian sprinkles.
Brain: But there’s a plague and a nuclear holocaust and an insane president and—
Brain: But it has that new story smell!
Me: Idea. Make current book better.
Me: Fuck you, brain.