Ever wish there was a (an?) MS hospital? Elana J's post this morning got me thinking. And I wanted to do something similar to what she did in her post.
Watch this first:
Now, don't you feel sometimes that you're doing nothing but asking stupid questions of your MS or characters and getting nothing but inane, "I dunno" type responses in return?
Ever wish there was a hospital you could send them to where they can be dignosed, treated, and released back to you healthy and robust with all the answers?
Guess what? There is.
It's your brain.
Working on my characterizations over the last week, and soon moving into plot, has gotten me thinking. I think that I must only use one side of my brain or something when I write because the other side likes to come out and play when I'm doing the most random things. And that side of my brain has all the diagnostic answers. I just have to learn how to tap into it.
The first step is to get the patient delivered over there. And sometimes you really do have to look for somewhere to park before you can get it in through the door. Often that parking spot is a crit group or just that space dividing the hemispheres of the brain. Then the stupid questions start. But you have to start somewhere in order to work yourself up to ceding the dignostic control to the diagnostician. (Cue the theme music for "House.") It starts with the standard questions: What's wrong? What have you done to treat it? They take the vitals: viewpoint, length, depth of character, complexity of plot, etc. Then the MS goes into the waiting room.
This is the period of time where we're supposed to be letting the MS sit and percolate in our sub-conscious while we write the next idea we have swimming in the brain. The wait period seems endless. But we have to go through it.
Then the nurse calls our manuscript back and we wait outside so as not to disrupt the doctors. (You've all seen that scene in any medical drama: distraught family member prevents doctors from doing their job so beloved on gurney crashes and is miraculously revived only after said loved one is escorted out.)
Finally, the diagnostician comes in and begins experimenting a la House. Tweak this, try this medication. That made it worse? OK, stop, reverse, try this.
It's a process. And the stay at the MS hospital can be quite lengthy. But the questions are always asked and you're always gonna have to figure out the scale and all that so that the doctors can get an idea of what sort of medicine to dose your MS with.
Then you get to go home and start lauding the advice, and telling others what to do whether they want to hear it or not.
And it starts again with the next revision!
OK, so this post was mostly just to put that video up there, but what they hey!