I had fun catching up with Seattle published author and well read blog host, Rosanna Leo. I wrote an article for her site on my new release Fantasies for her site and she told me how she makes her muse come.
We all lose her. Sometimes our muse gets stuck in traffic, sometime she doesn’t have enough coffee, and sometimes she’s just a bitch and won’t do ANYTHING we want.
So, Rosanna, how do you get your muse to cooperate?
“Since I’ve been writing, I’ve read a lot of author comments about “The Muse.” How fickle she is. How late she arrives. How she sometimes never comes at all. It all sounds very discouraging sometimes.
I’ve decided to take a new stance on this Muse business. I’m not very nice to my Muse these days. I make her do what I want, not what she wants. I have no choice.
I work part-time and I have a busy family which leaves me with limited time to write and promote. Unfortunately, as in the case of many busy authors, I can’t wait for my Muse to play nice with me. It is wonderful and exhilarating when inspiration hits, especially when it’s unexpected. However, reality dictates that inspiration could be fleeting.
So what do I do to compel my Muse to co-operate?
My first tactic is to write. Yes, write, even if I have no clue what I’m writing about. If I have writer’s block and am not sure where to take my story, I sit and write anything that comes to mind. Brainstorming, while such an unoriginal idea, really helps me. I take my trusty pen and literally write down anything that comes into my head. I’ve come up with whole plot lines this way. Even if it sounds silly, I record it and many of those kernels pop into full-blown ideas.
I also take some time to do a little people-watching. Distance often helps writer’s block, but so does being out in the real world. It’s important to remember there are others out there, and they all live interesting lives in some way. When I head to the grocery store, certain faces will inspire me. I begin to wonder how the cashier got her job and why she looks sad. That lady squeezing the cucumbers with a frown on her face could end up as a plot bunny. If I get cut off driving home, or see a parent reprimanding a child for bad behavior, my mind begins to envision how all these people got to those places. The ideas begin to flow.
Something else that has helped me is to return to my older manuscripts. To reread plots that resonated for me. I remember what’s important to me when I do this. I recall the themes that matter to me, and get inspired by love stories I’ve already told. Reading the work of other authors works the same way.
In short, My Muse works for me. I keep her on a short leash. And when she misbehaves like the petulant thing she is, she gets a time-out. I suggest you do the same with yours.”
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