Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Has anyone seen my muse?

Most days I feel like I need to put up a "Lost" poster. Saying something like "LOST! Muse is missing. If you've seen her please call XXX-XXXX. Owner distraught. Reward: A good story (hopefully)."

For the most part I've not seen but mere glimpses of my muse for months now. I can't seem to coax her out to stay no matter how hard I try. I've tried music, wine, chocolate, staring at a blank page pen in hand, and nothing. My character is whining at me because her story isn't getting started, but I don't know where to begin, or what direction to take it. Other than the character, I basically have very little. And my muse, she won't cooperate. I don't know what to do.

Even my first project, that I put on hold when my grandma got sick, is still sitting parked in idle. I've even tried re-reading it and other idea I was playing with, and I get nothing. It's like my spark has gone out, or at the very least has been reduced to a very dim flicker.

This is very frustrating and I kind of feel like I'm failing. Sometimes it makes me feel like I should give up on my dream.


  1. Don't give up! Why don't you try some prompts? You could write as your character. Maybe that will get some juices flowing!

  2. Thanks for the suggestion. I've actually been considering writing as my character, now if she'll just let me inside her little head :D

  3. I heard a good description today. I cannot take credit for it, it was an author I interviewed on my blog, but she said there is no such thing as writers blog or a missing muse, that it seems to be caused by too much outside stress interfering with our creative juices. Anything happening on the outside that you can make go away that might bring the muse back?

  4. Actually Rebecca, there is ALOT going on in outside life that is totally stressing me out. I never considered that it would actually be blocking my Muse. Can't make the stress going away, I guess I'll have to find a way around it ;D