I’ve done lots of blog posts about my muse, the voices in my head, and the creative process in general. But I just love this topic, so I’m blogging about it again.
As my friends and I talk about this subject, I have come to the realization that my process is a little unique. I typically see and hear the entire scene that I am trying to write. It plays like a movie in my head in amazing detail. The problem comes when I try to write it down – trying to capture the emotions I see in words, or the scene in the detail that exists in my head.
I write and write, desperate to keep up with a muse that is relentless in her passion.
This is true whether it is about writing a story, composing a sonata (which I did in my youth) or choreographing a show (something I did in college). No matter what the endeavor, I am always playing “catch up to my muse”.
I recently had a conversation with one of my beta readers about this – and she reminded me of one of my favorite moves – Amadeus (told ya I was a total geek!). In one particular scene, the confutatis scene, Mozart is dictating the Confutatis of his beloved Requiem to Salieri, who is scrambling to keep up. It is a great analogy to my process – Mozart is the muse, and I, the writer, am Salieri – desperately trying just to keep up.
Some days its easy – but most days, I’m a mess with it!
Here’s the only YouTube clip I could find of this scene. It is the perfect example of my process.
What about you guys? How does your process work?