I Googled the above title and found out I am not the only one who wants more control over my writing instinct and inspiration. I go to my critique group and get the best advice for the story in its current shape. I want to write! I want to use what they told me and manage at least 10k words. But by the time I go home, after stopping at one or two stores along the way, I have to put groceries away and take care of birds and clean the kitchen and get the laundry moved along. When at last I sit down at my desk I have to get up again and find where I put my laptop bag, unpack it and connect it to everything. By then my muse is sitting in a corner playing with dust bunnies. Bad Muse! No biscuit for you.
Maybe I am being too harsh on the invisible critter. So turning to The Big G, I found several blogs who have already covered the topic. Very A-musing. This great article has 11 Tips for the Care and Feeding of Your Muse. Author Ruth Harris covers all the bases and helps one determine if you have a free-range muse or a domestic muse. I love that she calls the impulse to write Spidey Senses.
Jessica Wildfire warns us that our Muse is like a person. If we aren’t nice to her, she’s not going to sleep with us anymore. She explains we need to stop force choking her like we were a dark Sith lord and tells exactly How to Revive Your Muse. I especially like her advice to rethink productivity. I may not be getting words on paper, but I’m putting serious thought into it.
Not all muse-related blogs are for writers. Some are for artists of other kinds, including fiber arts like knitting and quilting. I like that Aroha Knits has a ritual to set up a space for creativity. Once that is accomplished, you can then connect with your muse by initiating simple breathing meditation with affirmations. I can’t believe people who knit need this, but I know writers certainly do.
Writer Ray Bradbury wrote extensively about the subconscious as Muse. He is quoted at the start of Jill Badonsky’s article on the Kaizen-Muse Creativity Flash, whatever that means. Jill herself has wonderful advice, including the making of a new word. Connecting with sparks of genius should be on a t-shirt. Great inner child stuff that will help you create more than stories. But you have to clean it up yourself because adulting.
To sum up, I am blown away that Purina makes a cat food called Muse. They didn’t even go for the silly spelling of Mews. Cause that’s something altogether different. But it means that Hemmingway was right, cats are a necessary part of a writer’s life. Also, dogs may work, and parrots, and lizards, well, let’s say any pet can help inspire your muse to get back to work.
Thanks for reading, I’ll be back on Thursday.