Brain (talking fast): hey, hey, hey! Lookit, lookit, I have a shiny cool idea.
Me: I’m in the middle of a novel; I really can’t be distracted right now.
Brain (insistent): Best idea ever! C’mon. Just take a look. You can jot it down for later. Cause you know I’m not gonna remember.
Me (placating): Fine.
Me: Hmm. This is a pretty good idea.
Brain: See. I told you. Have I ever lied to you?
Brain: Don’t answer that. Focus on the shiny idea. Hey. It’s pretty short. Probably 2,500 words tops.
Me (thoughtfully): Hmmm. This won’t take long to write.
Brain: May as well do it now, right? That’s the efficient thing to do. Then you’ll have another story to foist onto people. And it IS awesome.
Me: Yeah. I can probably knock this out in one sitting, and it’ll be a nice break from the novel.
Me: *500 words in and realizing I’m not done with the set up.*
Brain: PSYCH! It’s totally a 7500 word story!
Brain: You should see all the backstory and research I did. It’s gonna be awesome.
Check out all the Writer Brain shenanigans in reverse chronological order here.