Every once in awhile my muse runs away. I’m right in the middle of a book and off it runs leaving me bereft of ideas on how to advance my plot.
I’m always drawn to what other authors have to say about a stalled muse. The method for overcoming this untimely and aggravating situation varies from one author to the next. Some journal, some switch projects to another work-in-progress (my preferred method), and some find other creative outlets, e.g., music, painting, poetry.
When my preferred method fails me (as sometimes happens), I turn to creating various social media additions. Last month, I came across the infamous … it’s February and I just realized I’m tired of writing…stall out.
Switching romance genres worked for a day. Next, I moved on to creating a project list. I thought if I could remind myself how much work I had to do over the next 18 months, my muse would bat her eyelashes, suck in a deep breath and come back to me. I was wrong.
So I moved on to music. Mind you, I can’t play a musical instrument to save my soul, but I can swoop through my library of downloaded music clips and find one that inspires me. Out of that inspiration, came a trailer for my upcoming April 1st release, Touch Me from The Wild Rose Press’ new short reads line. This was the end result:
The week after, it was the same thing. No muse. I’m beginning to think she’s a Monday through Friday, 9 to 5, kind of girl (or guy … I don’t discriminate). Another lull … another book trailer, this one for my romantic suspense/futuristic time travel, Time and Again.
On the heels of that lull, I made it through two full weeks and weekends with a cooperative muse. Thank goodness because I was on a deadline! Then this weekend hit. Actually, it crash landed late Thursday afternoon. I decided to give it a rest and take Friday and the weekend off for a change.
I went to see Captain Marvel (yes, I’m a superhero movie geek). Then, I binge-watched at least five other Marvel movies on cable.
Until today, Sunday, when I could feel the stir of something creative. It wasn’t yet my muse, but a prompt. I moved over to my meme brain and created a new Facebook cover and logo.
Hopefully when I wake up tomorrow my fickle muse will be back full force. If not, I’ll try something else to get that jump start I need. In the meantime, I’ll keep plugging away at something creative. Without creativity, I’m often lost.
Until next time, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.