A short clarification on why writers look as if they belong to another world sometimes.
For those who do not write, they will never understand that I’m still in the process of working when I’m abstractedly staring out into a space. They think I’m spacing out or that I’m going nuts. Please, have kinder thoughts. It’s funny really and I can understand why they think that way. I might look totally dead-pan in the outside, sitting there so still and all but you can just imagine the busy procession of thoughts and images that are steadily parading through my head.
My family for example always misunderstood me this way. They say things like, how I just sit there or lie down in bed (I like to write on my stomach on my comfy bed) doing nothing, as in nothing! I am lazy! Or so they say…
But what they can’t realize is that my brain is so busy, whirring with countless thoughts about what I am writing and what I still want to add to what I’m writing that my mind is incapable of doing anything else that sit or lie down still. Writers all throughout history have demonstrated worst behavioural quirks in one way or another after all.
I like to think that all writers go through the same thing and I just wish more people would understand. So when you see a writer-acquaintance of yours “spacing out”, do him a favor and leave him alone because in his mind’s eye, he might be busy scheming out the plot to a best-selling novel or figuring out the best phrasing to a critically acclaimed literary piece he is working on.