Managing my Muse

In a previous post, I mentioned that I schedule my Muse.  I thought I would take a moment to clarify that thought.

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.

This would only spark rebellion and lack of writing for me. sigh

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.



  • Haha! I love this post 🙂 indeed we all writers have this threatening muse in our minds… and no one said life would be easy… 😛

    • Exactly!

  • …and I thought I was the only one! Funny and so doggone true.

  • You have so much more control over your muse! I can’t even entertain the notion of scheduling my muse. She is much too fickle!

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