Thursday, October 4, 2007

Writing and Chess

I play chess. I play it very badly. But it serves a definite purpose with regard to writing: It uses a different part of the brain. So when I've been pushing really hard on a story, as I have with the new, untitled (of course) one that I'm writing now, a few games of chess banish the story completely from my mind for a while. Actually, chess is almost the only thing that banishes the story, and thus gives my fictional brain a rest. Not even sleep works as well, because I sometimes dream of stories I'm working on.
I will be away this long weekend, visiting a friend at the New Jersey shore. Walking on the beach, eating crab, and drinking white wine will not, I know from experience, keep my fictional characters (Jenny, Eric, Carleen) from clamoring at my mind. And the friends I'm visiting do not play chess. Them's the breaks.


Whispermoth said...

You know you could always try playing on-line. Not quite the same but it might help a little.

Mr. JM said...

I love Chess, but I don't get to play as much as I'd like to, mainly because I don't really have anyone to play with.

But I didn't know about how playing chess uses a different part of the brain than writing. That's something I will have to keep in mind.

-- John-Mark