8/15/11

The Return of the Muse

Last Thursday, the muse returned. You know, that epic little piece of epic awesomeness that makes you excited about your story again. It whispers, Hey, that was pretty good. That was easy. You can do this! And here's a dozen or so little plot assistances that may just help you out. :)

And since the blogging world is all about being honest, I figured I'd be honest about the return of the muse.

I prayed. Which is to say, I talked to Jesus about it.

Serious. I was in the tree house that morning talking to Jesus {because tree houses are just amazing...and the morning is about the only time you can go outside comfortably in TX} and was like, "I really need help with my writing. Seriously. I'm dying." I had been working hard and powering through, but, well, you know that feeling where you're working really hard but you're pretty sure it sucks and you can't do anything about it? That was me. And I was like, "Some help would be really, really nice." :D

I wrote for over three hours that day and had the writing-energy {a different kind of energy altogether} to go even longer. It was fun. I finished a difficult scene. I had fun while I did it. It was one of those moments where you fall in love with writing all over again. You know, the moment where you're like, "Oh, this is why I do this. I actually like this."

So I just thought I'd add Jesus to the list of Ways to Encourage the Muse. You wouldn't think He'd be on that list, but, you know, He's kinda awesome that way. If there's a good list to be on, He's usually on it. :) Try it.

What's the most unusual way you've ever encouraged the muse?

3 comments:

Aimee L. Salter said...

Amen, amen and again I say "Amen!".

Treehouse?! I'm jealous....

Oh, and I almost always encourage the muse by watching movies that make me feel the way I want the scene / book / character i'm struggling with to make the reader feel. When I'm in 'that place' I find it easier to write 'that place'.

Jessica Bell said...

By ignoring it! :o) comes back stronger when it's ignored :o) Glad you've got it back!

Lydia K said...

This is funny but sitting in a dark room. Without music or visual stuff to distract me, I have no choice but to brainstorm, and it almost always works!