I had this conversation with myself after work.
Main brain: I guess we could. I'm not sure.
Creative brain: There's a beer in the fridge. We could drink it while we write. I'm in that kind of mood.
Main brain: Still not sure. I might just play Skyrim.
Creative brain: But we know what's happening next in the story, and I feel like writing.
Main brain: But I've written 35,000 words in the last month. I'm allowed to take the next hour off.
Creative brain: Aren't you always going on about taking the opportunity to write when you want to write? You could write now. You want to write now.
Main brain: But I also want to relax. I've had a long day and I have the opportunity to not think about anything except shooting arrows at draugr for an hour. With a cold beer. I want to do that.
Creative brain: But you know what happens next in the story! The character is right here, telling us both!
Main brain: I haven't had any trouble talking to the characters in this book. In fact, they won't shut up. I've done a lot of work on this book, both writing and brainstorming. I honestly think that I need to take a break or the work I produce won't be as good.
Creative brain: That's bullshit. You don't really believe that.
Main brain: Okay, I don't really believe that. But I do feel like playing Skyrim for an hour, and I'm allowed to make that choice.
Creative brain: Sure. See if I'm so agreeable tomorrow morning during your "allotted writing time." See if you regret this and maybe wish you'd written tonight.
Main brain: Okay, fine. I'm opening the manuscript file. Here I go. Now it's sitting in front of me. Here we are. We know what happens next. Let's write. We're going to write, aren't we? Well? Come on!
Creative brain: ...
Main brain: Aha! So it isn't all about you, after all!
Creative brain: ...
Main brain: I'm getting a beer and going to play Skyrim.
This proves something. I'm sure of it. What does it prove? I'm not sure.
Addendum: If the idea of me having two brains upsets you, imagine what my mother will think when she reads this.
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