Friday, July 8, 2011

Writing a Book - There's never a Muse around when you need one...

Several sites have been talking about muses this week. Ellie Garratt asks for a description of your muse if you wanted to sell it on ebay! and Laura has a cute cartoon showing how elusive muses can be. I've read some other articles mentioning Muses as well...

Is it a Muse Convention? Are the Muses revolting for not getting enough recognition and inspiring us to write about them? Or are they all on vacation and we are calling them?

I like the relationship I have with my muse. I picture him like this...
He (yes, HE) helps me see opportunities and stories in average, every day situations. Sometimes he gives me too much inspiration and I can't write it all down! Like influencing me to do too many blogfests or challenges. Or the dozens of other projects I've started, waiting to be finished. Other days he sleeps and tells me to figure it out on my own. Like days I edit my work in progress, I think he looks like this...

He seems to think I don't need inspiration because I'm "just editing." But I need him more than ever! I need to know which scenes need work and which ones to toss out. What would keep my reader hooked? So I coax him out of his repose with a piece of chocolate and get through a few more pages...

On the whole, he's funny, quirky, adventurous, and a little crazy. I guess that's why we are a good fit =)

What's your muse like?

And I wanted to announce the winner of Carolyn Arnold's ebook, TIES THAT BIND, is.....Heather M. Gardner! Thanks for the comments and thanks again to Carolyn for being my first interviewee!

6 comments:

Laura Josephsen said...

That's it! They're all on vacation!

Editing sure needs a lot of inspiration sometimes!

Thanks for the shout-out! ^_^

Heather M. Gardner said...

Thank you Tara! You did a fantastic interview and I expect nothing less when I publish!

And thank you to Carolyn! I can't wait to read your book!

allison said...

My muse is a "he" too! He's not as easygoing as a lady would be, and really kicks my butt into gear when I need it - like now!

Sharon Sullivan-Craver said...

My muse is also of the male gender. And i will have to say he can be testy at times. I had to make him visible to me in the likes of Tom Selleck. western garb on.. Oh yeah...he's there with remarks and such.. but we get along after a fashion....He's a keeper...

M Pax said...

Editing does need a whole lot of inspiration.

I picture my muse as a galaxy. Sometimes it aims a ray gun at my head. Most times, it's just drifting about and sends meteors.

Christa said...

My muse is more of a whiny teenage girl begging for attention. Grumble. How did I get stuck with this one?