I think all muses are like that. And mine did the same thing when I had a regular full time office job. Little rascals! Currently, my muse is acting like a finicky five year old. Is it possible to fire your muse? Aside from her mocking and childish attitude, she does have a wonderful influence on me, albeit a very gruesome one.
If I have an idea Cough, cough, no thanks to her she keeps me preoccupied with writing it out. Until, of course, she decides that another story needs tending to. As a result, I am constantly working on, at the very least, six different stories. I stay up late at night, tending to her every want and desire, and all she gives me is incentive. Emmery, the best advice I can give you is to fire your muse and take control of your own creativity. There is no external entity feeding you ideas and luring you from project to project. It is up to you and only you to master your own writing habits.
I too have been distracted by new and seemingly better ideas while in the middle of a project. And I have dropped more projects than I care to admit in order to wander into greener pastures.
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Eventually, you have to either accept that you will never finish anything or you have to force yourself to finish something. Once you commit, stick with it. Start an idea notebook and when other ideas arise, jot them down and let them go so you can return to accomplishing your goals. This is an essential post and concept to all writers since we all struggle with absent muse syndrome from time to time. What resonated with me is getting the blood pumping.
I learned that any work out even as gentle and sometimes intense yoga can help me with my writing. Doing yoga has helped me tremendously before writing because it helps clear out the thought patterns that make me resist writing. Thanks Marlon.
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Getting the blood pumping is important for health reasons, too. It also helps with focus and clear thinking. I took a break to go get some food and while I was driving—BAM! It turned out to be the wrong solution but it did lead me to the right one. The key is to figure out what stimulates your creativity. There is so much scientific evidence to show when a person exercises the brain produces chemicals that helps us focus and feel better about ourselves. It boosts creativity.
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My muse likes Hula Hoops along with crazy dancing. All 58 years of my being want nothing more than to write, but…nothing. What to do? The trick is to allow yourself to write badly. Use writing exercises and prompts. Let yourself write garbage. Set out to write something terrible. Finally, some people just struggle with simple self-discipline.
Sometimes it comes to do the basic act of forcing yourself to write, no matter what comes out of it. Your email address will not be published. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
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Deb on July 9, at am. Lirone on July 9, at am. At the risk of sounding both arrogant and newage-ish, I feel my muse is myself. Friar on July 9, at pm. Melissa; My muse is a fickle one. She always does. Melissa Donovan on July 9, at pm. Michele on July 9, at pm. Milena on July 10, at am. Joel Falconer on July 10, at am. Icarian bird, Melting thy pinions in thy upward flight; Lark without song, and messenger of dawn, Circling above the hamlets as thy nest; Or else, departing dream, and shadowy form Of midnight vision, gathering up thy skirts; By night star-veiling, and by day Darkening the light and blotting out the sun; Go thou, my incense, upward from this hearth, And ask the gods to pardon this clear flame.
Henry David Thoreau And next in value, which thy kindness lends, That I may greatly disappoint my friends, Howe'er they think or hope that it may be, They may not dream how thou'st distinguished me. That my weak hand may equal my firm faith And my life practice what my tongue saith That my low conduct may not show Nor my relenting lines That I thy purpose did not know Or overrated thy designs.
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