Managing my Muse
My muse is capricious and, sometimes, down right ornery. Seriously, I might have something specific in mind and my muse will run merrily away – mocking laughter floating behind.
That’s when I feel like I’m in an episode of the Three Stooges – ‘Why, I oughta…”
To prevent an eruption of Stooge like behavior, I court/trap my muse (yes, I’m aware of the oxymoron). I provide time for the muse to come out and play, sometimes dropping big story thoughts that it, hopefully, can’t resist. Then I pounce, tapping into its energy.
Alright, I’ll be honest. I beg, plead, offer bribes and other unspeakable things for my muse to come and grace me with its presence.
Generally, my muse comes to me after I’ve exhausted all other avenues of inspiration, then – Voila! – everything clicks.
Now, all I have to do is make sure my Muse is all trussed up and ready to help me through NaNoWriMo and my edits on my current projects!
Sometimes, it’s exhausting to be a writer.