Prepping for the Muse

April 09, 2010

Next week the kids will be back in school and I plan to take my blog break then.   BUT… my writing muse has slowed down on my current WIP.  Something I didn’t see coming because (though I knew it was inevitable) prior to the last two weeks, I’ve been writing 3-4K a week.  I’m now at about 40K, *halfway there dance. Woot Woot!*  To be ready for my writing time next week, I’m prepping myself to tap into my muse. 

Resolving myself of all Duties – This means I need to have all the laundry done, house clean, children nurtured, hubby loved so when I sit down, there will not be any guilt for what I should be doing instead of writing.  Something I try to do before every writing day but life does happen.

Download New Music – I can’t function without new music, new Indie music to be more specific.  It’s like my second crack addiction, because I burn through new music like a junkie.  Downloading new music feeds my soul therefore puts me in a creative state of mind.  In this state, I feel moved, inspired, rejuvenated all things that will bring out the muse.

Make Time for Thinking – Once I clear my plate and download some tunes, I will take time to think, about my story.  This will probably happen while I’m doing cardio at the gym or my favorite place, riding in the car, especially if I’m alone.  But taking time to think about what happens next readies my mind for what to write.

I’m sure I’ll come up with more things to help prep me but I’d like to hear your ideas.  What do you do to call upon the muse?

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  1. I call to music and alone time. This always gets me going.
    Have a great weekend!

  2. My muse works better in a messy house--that's what I tell myself anyway!

  3. I need to download some new music. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. lool this is so funny -- i've never considered 'prepping for the muse'.

    mb ill use your steps? hehe

  5. Music totally! Oh and I like to have a clean, organized space.

  6. A German Shepherd, so that he can guard the perimeter and give me uninterrupted time to write.

    Just kidding! But sometimes it feels like things would go better that way!

  7. A healthy dose of Prozac! I'm just saying.

  8. Christine – alone time = kids at school. oh the lovely peace and quiet.

    Betty – I like the way you think but the guilt would eat away at me.

    Karen – I’m not having any luck today, nothing moving me. if you download some goodies, share them

    Tahereh – who knows if it will work but I need to get focused during these off times. Love your blog by the way. you have a unique style, I like it.

    Nicole – Clean space, oh yes but my lap is always clean. tehe

    Cynthia – That’s a good idea, some days I have to unplug the phone just to get people to LEAVE ME ALONE! Uninterrupted? I think if I went to a cabin in woods I could finish my book in a week.


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