As writers, most of use know where our inspiration comes from…that ellusive and somewhat fickle creative muse. But how do we keep our muse talking to us when real life gets in the way? Or when we find our minds full of clutter and noise? What do we do then?
I have had a major lesson in this lately. Real life has thrown some serious punches…and my muse has reacted by hiding. No seriously, HIDING. As in GONE.
So, what did I do?
Well, a published friend of mine reminded me that the cure to writer’s block is to stop focusing on the quality of the writing, and just WRITE. Plan on writing garbage. Write, knowing that you will delete it.
HOLY COW…THAT IS SO FREEING…writing with no expectations. NONE. ZIP. ZERO. ZILTCH!!!
For the past few weeks that is exactly what I have been doing. Writing with no expectations at all. And guess what happened…today, peaking out from under a large stack of revisions I really need to start was my muse. Smiling and ready to work again.
Now, I don’t know if she will stay…but there is a good chance she is coming back for a while. YAY!
What about you? How do you deal with the elusive creative muse? Any tricks you want to share?