A recent article on NPR books about the self-imposed retirement of novelist, Philip Roth, see here: http://www.npr.org/2013/03/23/174949848/at-80-philip-roth-reflects-on-life-literature-and-the-beauty-of-naps got me to thinking about the Writing Mind. It's high time I face it. This organ isn't like that of the ordinary human. If you happen to be of the Writing Mind, then I won't need to explain. Then any elaboration on my part of this particular brain's traits will be utterly unnecessary. Superfluous, bordering on redundant. (You see? The WM will not permit me to stop searching for the exact right word.)
But for those of you who are like, "What is Nutty Blogger Girl speaking of this time?" I will expand. Perhaps a visual aid might make it easier to understand. I've extracted some images of what I perceive this mind might resemble:
Next you have the Writing Mind's Cast of Characters:
In the core of the brain is the Command Center, which for most writers looks a little something like this:
Finally you have what I call the Drive Zone. Herein lies the goal that every writer hopes to achieve, the "if only" the brass ring of the fruits of our labor, which for many WM's looks like this:
stating emphatically that they simply want to "be read."
You should also note that the Writing Mind panders toward fabrication, exaggeration, denial, anxiety, hysteria, and at times, just plain old insanity.
Is it any wonder then that Mr. Roth, at age 80, needs a nap? I think not.