Getting My Head on Straight

It feels like I haven’t really concentrated on writing in a while. I’m sure it’s due in part to my mom finding out she had a mass in her bladder and the subsequent worry about her and the future. My muse, who I’ve decided to name Ann, had abandoned me for the most part and I’m hoping to attract her back into my life.

One way of doing this is letting go of the stress. I didn’t blog yesterday because I was having a bonding day with my mom and sister after finding out that mom’s mass wasn’t cancer. The relief I felt when the results came back was overwhelming. Even now, twenty-four hours later, I’m still a bit stunned that she’s fine. I was hoping and praying, but I’m a pessimist by nature so that wasn’t working very well.

I hate feeling disconnected from something that I enjoy so much, so I’m working on getting Ann to sit with me today and work. She’s brushed by a few times to give me a few ideas, but nothing tangible. Most of the time, she gives me an idea of other projects to work on and I appreciate it, but that doesn’t help me with the two stories I have boiling on the stove. She’s coming around though, I hope. Just need to find the right enticement.

So far, I’ve managed to get her to sit with me long enough to really think about where we’re going in the two stories we’ve started. It took a lot of reading (finished 2 novels yesterday) and a sleepless night to get her to come back. After she’s given me a few more ideas, she’ll be sitting with me this afternoon to get them down.

What do you do to entice your muse? Do you read? What television? Take a walk? What gets your muse’s attention and how do you keep it?


Filed under Family, Muses, Writing

2 responses to “Getting My Head on Straight

  1. Lisa Kessler

    Urgh! It erased my comment!!! *fizzle*

    First off, I'm so glad to hear your Mom is okay!!! πŸ™‚

    I think what I said before was, I don't really believe in muses. There are many times I don't want to write and I find all sorts of excuses, but when I force myself to get "Just 100 words" it starts to flow again.

    It's painful, but it works… πŸ™‚ Put on a movie soundtrack you like and if you can't deal with your work in progress write a short story. It might give you a great idea for the story you're stuck on… πŸ™‚

    Just keep writing… It'll flow again! Promise! πŸ™‚

    Hang in there!


  2. Danica Avet

    Do the ideas always flow though? It feels like hitting a brick wall sometimes and nothing I do gets around it, like the slate is completely clean. Annoying, really.

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