Writerly Humor: The Mood for Creative Inspiration

This week’s writerly humor is from Calvin and Hobbes. Click on the image for a larger version.

Calvin and Hobbes: The Creative Mood of Panic

Image courtesy of Calvin and Hobbes, created by Bill Watterson, distributed by Go Comics.

This “funny because it’s true” comment actually has a neurological reason, as I discuss in my series on the neuroscience of writing. The short version? Writers are adrenaline junkies with anxiety issues. We need that last-minute kick to break us past our intertial barrier. Is this always true? Nope. Creative rushes happen in a variety of contexts and some writers are disciplined enough to write whether or not they feel inspired. But the more I get to know other writers, the more I see how “normal” these procrastination patterns are.

How about you? Do you need that last minute to get started on your writing projects? Or do you have a set routine that helps keep you on course?

Write on,

Rob D Young