Post: Mental Explosion

16 Apr

Have you ever had one of those days where you felt like your head was about to explode? As if you have a giant dam spanning the width of your brain while your fingertips are dying from creative-juice-dehydration? I’m not talking about writer’s block, at least then you could choose any of the million different recommended panaceas and keep on chugging. No. This feels like your midbrain has transformed into a singularity and every single idea and thought you’ve had for an indeterminate amount of time is being sucked into it. Presumably, never to be seen again.

The issue, though, isn’t with the disappearance of these ideas (if only it were that simple!), it’s their eventual resurrection. When all of the creative juices are stored up behind shoddy concrete, I know it’s not the end of the disaster. It’s just the beginning. Soon, the dam will erupt.

So, what’s the problem? The water gushes down to the fingers, the drought is over. Why complain?

You see, the issue with crumbling metaphorical boundaries is the same with those in reality: it creates a whole hodgepodge of chaos.

Let’s say that you’re a water bottle. If you happen to be a water bottle already then good: you’re ahead of the game. Now, inside of you is sloshy, watery goodness. In fact, let’s add vitamins, minerals and numerous other things that actually does nothing for human welfare– but it doesn’t matter, whatever floats the boat. Now, lets say that this red-dye and dihydrogen oxide is poured into a giant reservoir. Look at it go! Wait… there it goes. The red is rapidly diffusing and now everything is (technically) a smidgen more pink than before. To be blunt: good luck trying to get the original water back. Those particular molecules have now been bounced around- mingling with water that came from God knows where or when. Congratulations! You’ve been corrupted!

Sure, if you act really quick, you might be able to retrieve most of the original information you let drip into the mental reservoir. The rest of it? Oh well. I’m sure editing can iron out the kinks…

It’s at this point where it’s best to find high ground.

Everything has it’s breaking point, especially mental blockades. Get enough ideas forcing against the metaphysical material and you can be sure that it’ll come crashing down. So now you’ve got a blown dam and fluid thoughts rushing out in droves. What happens to the original ideas? They becomes so convoluted and intermingled that it would inspire awe in Frankenstein.

So that really funny story about zombies? How about that cute little poem about puppies? The article on war? Come now, I’m sure that the intelligent, discursive treatise on the vocal fluctuations of a canary is surely safe?

Go ahead try to write. But I’ll be damned if I ended up writing an article on how zombified puppies killed Hitler’s singing canary in WWII.

That, to me, is the greatest problem with thinking about many things or tackling several projects. While the advice forums would probably advocate you stick to one issue, I know that’s not going to happen. We live in an age where you can use the internet and become an “expert” on a million different topics. You’re no longer forced to have a focus; anything that interests you is up for the taking. So it’s only natural that you’d write about a bunch of different things. Heck, I’ve written an article about the merit based pay legislation here in Florida but my book is about the struggle between religion and science. Find the logical bridge between those two genuine gems.

I would thus contend that the best route  to dealing with impending mental explosion is to simply write! Even if it’s just on a napkin, or on a scrap of paper from class put down your idea and keep it separate and sacred. That way, when the time comes, every idea can be beautifully articulated and expressed.

Your dam-mind will thank you.


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