Me: Oh, hello. What’ve you got for me today?
Brain: You know. The usual.
Me (uncertainly): Errrrrr. Best… story… ever?
Brain: And you think you can’t be taught. Here. Let me just lay this all out for you here…
Me (puzzled and concerned): This seems vaguely familiar.
Brain: I want you to pay particular attention to these character details.
Me: Uhhhhh. Wait. I see where this came from.
Brain: Pretty neat, eh?
Me: You came up with this entire thing based on like 15 words of banter on Tumblr with someone I follow.
Brain (proudly): Yep.
Me: No, no, no! I can’t write this. It’ll be obvious where it came from and I’ll look like a weird stalker or something.
Brain: Pffft. You’re a writer. Anyone you encounter, in either the physical or digital world has the potential to spark a story. It’s what we do.
Me: I kinda feel like I should wear a warning label or something. Not everyone I meet signed up for this.
Brain: Public domain, baby.
Me: I’m not worried about the legality. I’m worried about the awkward social consequences.
Brain (soothingly): Don’t worry. It’s not like they’ll read it. It’s not like they’re a mutual or anything. And nobody ever recognizes themselves in fiction.
Brain: Now the world’s a bit underdeveloped, but I figured you could do that, since I already got you a character, descriptions, and a plot.
Me: But… how can you do this off 15 words? I mean, seriously.
Brain: Hey, if you think this is cool, you should see what I can do with a visual. Or a smell.
Check out all the Writer Brain shenanigans in reverse chronological order here.
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