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Making the Muse Welcome

For writers, nothing is more joyous than minutes or hours of the pen racing across the page, and there is no despair deeper than day after day of not writing. That’s why we need to use every tool in our writer’s toolkit to keep the words coming. Shining sentences and astonishing paragraphs won’t always fall down on us like warm spring rain. We need to make put out the welcome mat, be in a state of readiness—a pen in our hands, writing. Let the Muse peek into your window and catch you writing, and she may decide to stop in and visit a while.

Making the Muse Welcome

Making the Muse Welcome

Stephen King sees the muse as male, and says of him that “he’s not going to come fluttering down into your writing room and scatter creative fairy-dust all over your typewriter or computer station.” Darn it, anyway! “ He lives in the ground. He’s a basement guy. You have to descend to his level, and once you get down there you have to furnish an apartment for him to live in. You have to do all the grunt labor….” In other words, we have to do the work—sit at our computers or with blank yellow legal pads in hand, and find a way for the words to come. Some days it is all we can do to eke out a good paragraph or two; other days are easier. But there are ways to make those good days come more frequently. Here are some ideas:

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Too Many Ideas? Hit Reset

“Every day we are assaulted with facts, pseudofacts, news feeds and jibber-jabber, coming from all directions.” – Daniel Levitin, author of The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

“Make up your mind! Make up your mind!” It’s been both a curse and a blessing that I’ve been plagued with since I was small – always having too many ideas popping in my head. Do I get black licorice or a Hershey’s chocolate bar, is Pete, Slowpoke or Ezekiel a better name for my angus calf, and how do I choose just three books (my mother’s rule) at the library? The gravity of the situation is worse as I’ve gotten older with the ever-expanding array of choices and information coming my way. And that’s not surprising, writer and author Daniel Levitin reported that we take in “five times as much as we did in 1986.” 

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