Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Warning: Writing may cause severe Brain Fog


First, don't forget to check out the Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog post for the week by Danyelle Leafty on "What keeps you writing?" Last week I posted, and the week before was Laura Diamond and next week will be Zoe Courtman!








So. On to Brain Fog.
This is me with Brain Fog. (I got tired of searching for free stock photos of fog, so here ya go, courtesy of Lydia Da Vinci and Paintbrush.)



Maybe you're revising (for the umpteenth time, like me) or creating your first draft. But have you ever looked up after you've been clacking away at the ol' laptop and thought, "What day is it? What time is it? What season is it? I have children to feed? Oh dear."

The Fog happens when I've been in another time and place, and inside someone else's head (my MC). And it feels distinctly different than from, say, watching way too many YouTube videos of scared cats or eating too many donuts. That's just brain atrophy and hyperglycemia.

The Fog tells me I've been working hard, but boy it's hard to pull myself out and reenter the real world.

Do you experience the Fog?

30 comments:

MissV said...

I live with perpetual Brain Fog.

I have a tendency to get so wrapped up, it is REALLY hard to change gears. This is not good at work where I may be asked to recall if we've sent such and such a form to such and such a client at a moment's notice. I'm sure I look like a blathering idiot most of the time!

Tell me, is there any known cure?

Jana Hutcheson said...

I definitely get caught up in the fog. And, joking aside, I really have forgotten to fix my kids dinner! And forgotten to take the clothes out of the washing machine and put them in the dryer. And forgotten to make out the electricity bill...

JustineDell said...

I think you'll find that most of us have suffered from the fog. And, like Jana, I too have forgotten to feed the child (and dogs). Man, does that me sound terrible or what? Granted, the child didn't complain...but the dogs did. ;-)

The fog makes for some awesome progress, though, doesn't it?

~JD

Jayne said...

I love that illustration! That is the sort of feeling I live for when writing, as it means I have managed to fall down the rabbit hole and have a good look around. I get it with reading a good book as well. :)

KarenG said...

Yes, the fog!! I love that fog. Transported to another time & place so you don't know where or who you are. Yes, I love it.

Cheree said...

Hey, I felt like that at uni today. The fog really comes on when I've been doing too much thinking. I usually end up staring at the computer screen (and often it's at a blank word processor) as I try to think of what I need to do.

Jaydee Morgan said...

Yep, I've experienced this as well. Now, though, I need to get back into the fog and get some writing done.

B.E. Sanderson said...

I think the Fog has got me today. I can't think of simple things even this morning. Bleh.

Saumya said...

The Fog and I seem to meet on a daily basis.

I love your blog! I'm actually taking some time off from medical school to write a novel, so it's so refreshing to find someone who is into both of those pursuits! Best of luck with everything :)

Mayowa said...

Oh the Fog is good.

I know the Fog is upon me when the look on my face mirrors the look on my MC's face at the moment.

Scares the crap out of the folks in the coffee shops though.

Amparo Ortiz said...

First of all, your drawing rocks all kinds of awesome, Lydia! I can't even draw a stick figure, for Christ's sake.

Second, the Fog follows me on my good writing days. It stays with me until someone tells me Supernatural is on (or ANYTHING involving shirtless men). For the most part, I embrace the Fog, even though those around me think I'm going insane ;)

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Great post.

My life surrounding revisions is brain fog. lol.

Alexis said...

I experience "the Fog" and it is uncomfortable! I almost feel anxiety until it subsides. I didn't have a name for it until just now.... ;)

Mary McDonald said...

Yes, I've had the fog, and I welcome it. Haven't been there in awhile though, which means I should get to writing.

Brenda Drake said...

Fog? I thought it was pollution. I keep waiting for it to clear, but it only does when a gust (either when I'm on vacation or Glee is on) enters my world and blows it way.

Angela said...

I was in a total fog on the first draft of my MS...actually, with the second and on. I was so consumed with the story I couldn't see past the fog to appreciate anything else. I only wish that fog would show back up when I'm trying to edit! Creating the story and being lost in the fog was wonderful, but the edits are torturous and with no fog to cloud my view of springtime, it doesn't look like it will get any better.

Angela said...

I was in a total fog on the first draft of my MS...actually, with the second and on. I was so consumed with the story I couldn't see past the fog to appreciate anything else. I only wish that fog would show back up when I'm trying to edit! Creating the story and being lost in the fog was wonderful, but the edits are torturous and with no fog to cloud my view of springtime, it doesn't look like it will get any better.

Talli Roland said...

Um, YES! You saw my post today - that was a result of brain fog! I couldn't handle anything more complex. Mainly it's because of a non-fiction project I've been slaving over. My brain is fried! Glad to hear you experience this, too!

arlee bird said...

Back when I was doing NaNo I definitely wandered in my novelistic fog throughout the month of November. In April I've become absolutely absorbed into a blog fog as I have been doing the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge. It starts getting a bit much when blogging is all I start thinking about wherever I go and I even start dreaming about it. Although it's been kind of cool to actually "meet" some of my fellow bloggers in my dreams--I wonder if they're really like that?
Lee
A to Z Challenge Reflections Mega Post

Jennifer Walkup said...

I not only experience the fog - I seem to reside in it!:)

"What day is it? What time is it? What season is it? I have children to feed? Oh dear." <------ yep. that's me!

Lydia Kang said...

OMG Lee, you're right. "The Blog Fog." I get that too!

beth said...

I have SO experienced the fog. I call it burn-out. I know I've been working too hard and too long when I find myself just repeating the same mistakes...time to pack it in and quit for awhile!

Elana Johnson said...

Oh, yes, I have this fog. Most of the day, actually. It's only when I finally have my pajamas on, my kids in bed and the TV on when the fog goes away. Hmm... Maybe I need to de-fog-ify.

Janna Qualman said...

That's a great little picture!

Yep, I get the fog. But I love it just before I realize it's the fog, because I'm my most productive, caught up in voice and story.

And then, yeah. I realize there are dishes to wash and meals to cook and children to tend.

Cynthia Reese said...

Cool pix!

I thought Brain Fog was something issued like standard equipment to all writers. No? Don't tell The Husband, okay? :-)

Sandy Shin said...

I've experienced brain fogs way too many times. Sadly, it's less often for writing than it is for days of studying for exams and writing papers. :<

Danyelle said...

*grin* This is my usual state of mind. I'm horrible with time, but the kids are good and get very vocal when it's feeding time again. :P

It's kind of disorienting to step out the characters' skins, but I love that feeling too. :D

And thanks for the mention. :D

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

Yup, I've lived in the fog. Especially when writing a book. I'm always a season behind, too. Nice to know I'm not alone.

Hanna C. Howard said...

Ah, I know that fog. It's much better than the other kind: the one where you have so many things you want to accomplish that a sort of disorientating mist drifts over your brain and makes it nearly impossible to do anything but hover ineffectively over all your tasks.

Lovely blog you have here!

Patti said...

It's hard to pull yourself out, especially when you're on a roll.

 
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