Trailers, Memes, and Logos … Oh My!

A Muse by Cosimo Tura
The National Gallery, London

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.


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6 Responses to Trailers, Memes, and Logos … Oh My!

  1. Iris Tseng says:

    Nancy’s muse, where are you? Come back soon, she needs you! (And we need Nancy’s books!)

  2. Hannah Rowan says:

    Your lack of a muse earned us some lovely book trailers! Not what you were wishing for but still very nice.

    • Nancy Fraser says:

      Thanks Hannah. I’m just getting the hang of the video trailers. My goal now is to go back and do one for every book. But only when the muse is asleep.

  3. Liz Flaherty says:

    I feel even guiltier about the oh-so-many games of Solitaire I play when my muse is…wherever in the hell she is. Love the trailers, though!

    • Nancy Fraser says:

      Liz, LOL. I do that too. Solitare, online casino games. I’m beginning to wonder if there’s some sort of muse lounge or something where they all go to hang out and laugh at us when we struggle.

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