Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Writer's Wednesday: Romancing The Muse
DEFINITION OF MUSE: “The spirit that is thought to inspire a poet or other artist; source of genius or inspiration.” Webster’s New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition.
The following are a few tips for tickling your muse.
Get off your duff and drag the little muse with you.
It is a well-known fact that exercise releases endorphins, which make us feel good, which helps us create. Though endorphins don’t last that long and may be released just as easily by eating protein, having sex, or taking a shower, walking is a good way to pump up the volume, burn a few calories and reap the writer’s benefits.
“Now you listen here, Tinker Bell. You work for me! If I put you on the clock I expect you to throw me ideas faster than Frisbees in the park. You got that?”
Okay, so this method doesn’t always work, but, when in a jam, it’s worth a try isn’t it?
Like any good relationship, it’s important to keep the lines of communication open with your muse. Do whatever it takes to stimulate, activate and perpetuate the special kinship between you and that spirit of great notions that dwells within. Otherwise, you may wind up pitifully repeating the phrase on a ribbon I once bought in Atlanta, “Has anyone seen my muse?”
As luck would have it, I’ve now spent the last half hour staring at my empty computer screen. All my brain cells seem to have fizzled out. My muse is on the lam. I’ve just about given up writing anything more today, when my dog bounds into the room and pushes his pesky pooch face into my lap.
“You want to take a walk?” I ask.
He pants his affirmation.
You never know when your muse is talking, or what form it’s morphing into, so my advice? Look, listen, and leap into action.
I follow my dog’s lead. We head out the door for that walk. I sniff the sweet afternoon breeze, and my nerve synapses start sending impulses all over my brain. I glance at my dog, he looks adoringly up at me, and I can barely keep up with the ideas for that next story taking form in my brain…
Lynne’s current story is The Boss and Nurse Albright, HMB 3/10 UK and NA. It is the first of her unofficial Santa Barbara series for the Medical Romance line.