Where is my muse today?
Muse is a funny thing. It shows up at the most unexpected times particularly when a pen and paper aren’t handy — Like during a shower or right before deep sleep invades at night.
Writers have a love-hate relationship with the muse. Some of the most awesome ideas come from those times where muse is visiting. We love that. But other times, when the muse is hiding or just not visiting at all (a time I like to refer to as ‘writers block’), it can be like beating one’s head against the wall to get two coherent sentences together. Which most writers do not like.
One thing I’ve learned in this long journey of writing is that muse is fickle and unreliable. If I want my writing to be more than random thoughts jotted down I have to take matters into my own hands.
Create my own muse, if you will.
How do you do that?
I do it by exercising my writing muscles. Just keep writing. Like physical exercise increases my body muscles, routine writing increases the creativity in my brain. I find that the more I write and focus on learning the craft, the less I suffer from missing the muse.
I don’t rely on visits from my muse to fuel my writing projects, but that’s not to say that I don’t enjoy having muse come to see me from time to time. Just the other morning, while transitioning from deep sleep to near awake, Muse stopped by. A fragment of a story permeated my consciousness. I let the muse linger as long as it wanted to. The fragment, which unfolded in glorious sensory details, turned into a short story. In an unusual burst of energy, I awoke, got up and grabbed my word processor and started writing as much of the idea as my brain could keep up with.
After a few minutes, my visit from the muse was over. But the story lingered long afterward in my mind and, thankfully, also in a tangible format.
I’m not sure where that story will go. It is something completely out of my comfort zone, but at times like that, I find myself grateful for a creative mind and the ability to transition these thoughts into something that others can read.
See you soon, Muse.
Now I’m turning the conversation over to you.
What kinds of ideas have come from a visit with the muse?
What do you do to exercise your creative muscles?
Loraine Nunley is an author and blogger who grew up near Detroit, Michigan and now lives just outside of Fort Worth, Texas. She is a member of ACFW and writes inspirational romance. In 2017, she was honored to be a finalist in the suspense category of the ACFW First Impressions contest.
Being a romantic at heart, Loraine often finds inspiration for her writing within her own marriage. She has been blessed to find her own real life romantic hero with her husband. Her writing career has included a self-help book about remarriage and a series of children’s books about military aircraft.
When not writing furiously and dreaming up stories, she can be found reading, adding books to her over flowing bookshelves, homeschooling her children, and enjoying time with her family.
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