Reality Check For Authors #20: What To Do When The Muse Runs Amuck


svablogslimer I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose. – Stephen King




Every writers felt it, experienced it and been plagued by it; be it first thing in the morning while enjoy that first cup of joe, in the middle of your 9 AM coffee break or during that last hour of the day when you’ve bullied yourself into staying at your laptop, notebook or whatever thingy-a-bob, until you’ve written at  least 2500 words; your muse is running amuck. Be it the challenge of simply sitting still, going to the bathroom for the umpteenth million time (in less than an hour) or being attacked by a sever case of the heebie-jeebies, the muse is running amuck and there is not a damn thing you can do about it. Seriously. Even if you shot her, she’d just find a way to rise from the dead, get into your head all over again and make you feel bad about your failure to meet your self-imposed writing deadlines.

Reality Check For Authors #20: when the muse is loose and refuses to be caged, even if you have promised to take her to Starbucks if she’ll only let you finish those last five hundred words, it’s time to put on the big panties and do what all muse-dependent writers do – let her ripe. That’s right. Why make yourself and her miserable by demanding something she’s unwilling to do, and you, even with all your super powers, can’t make her. As long as you’ve backed up your MS (just in case her evil twin comes along and tries to delete everything) the work will still be there when you guys return. Who knows, if you indulge her enough today, she might even be willing to inspire you into writing more than the designated 2500 words tomorrow.


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