Everyone always blames Winter for over-staying its welcome, but is it possible that we’re looking at it all wrong? What if Winter isn’t to blame, but Spring? What if Winter really wants to part ways, but Spring, ever-so-fickle, is simply throwing a temper tantrum, upset that so many of us ignore its call and continue about our everyday lives? Perhaps Spring, in a desperate, selfish effort to grow our affections for it, is trying to make us long for it more and more by appearing for a few days before disappearing again without a trace, leaving us to pine for it and wonder, ‘Where has Spring gone?’ Winter, then, ever-dutiful, decides that, well, some season has to stick around, and if Spring won’t do its job properly, then what choice does Winter have but to fill in during Spring’s absence? Poor Winter…receiving all the blame for Spring’s selfishness…
Anyway. What was I supposed to be talking about? *glances at title* Ah yes, brain fuzzies.
I hate brain fuzzies. Well, I imagine most people probably do. After all, they make it impossible to concentrate, cause a person to become easily distracted, and dry up creative juices. When brain fuzzies invade, there’s little room for anything else.
Because of these brain fuzzies, I’ve been finding it immensely difficult to focus on writing. I don’t currently have a writing project that I’m actively working on, and trying to decide on one is proving difficult. I have old ideas I can look to, but…eh. And I’m able to come up with new ideas, too, but they all seem to lose their luster after a few days.
I think part of my problem is that my writing life lacks the structure it had when I was in college. For a college paper, I needed to be able to form ideas, organize those ideas, and write them out in a logical, meaningful way in order to get my point across as clearly as possible. It wasn’t creative writing, of course, but it forced me to view writing in general as a process — an idea that transferred over into the creative writing realm.
I think I could benefit from giving myself a writing project that forces myself to structure my thoughts more. I need to re-introduce a bit of discipline into my writing routine. I have a nonfiction idea buzzing around in my head and, while it won’t be fun to write about, it’s a topic that interests me, at least. I don’t really know how to write a nonfiction book, as I’ve never looked into it and never had any previous desire to write nonfiction, but I think it might be worth looking into. Even if I don’t get anywhere with it, thinking along the lines of research and structure might help drive the brain fuzzies away, opening my mind up to more creative endeavors, as well.
I still have to read up on the topic a little more before I can decide for sure whether or not I’ll be able to write on it. If I do decide to pursue this project, I’ll post about it then. In the meantime, I also have a few short story ideas that I plan to work on. I haven’t written any new short stories lately, but I do enjoy writing them. And with my (currently) limited attention span, I’m probably more capable of finishing a short story right now than a novel.
Anyway, that’s that. Now I’m curious. Has anyone reading this experienced brain fuzzies in the recent past? And if so, what did you do to clear them up? Or, if you’re currently experiencing brain fuzzies, how do you plan on driving them out?