What Fuels the Muse?

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A thought-provoking question!  For Gabriela Pereira, author of the DIY MFA Book, she doesn’t believe in waiting on your muse to inspire your writing.

“I firmly believe that creativity isn’t something random that may or may not happen to us. I don’t believe in an uncooperative muse. Instead, I believe inspiration is something we make happen. Yes, there is something magical about creativity, but it’s also something we can harness, channel, even manipulate.”

So, how do I usually jump-start my muse whenever I need her?

*Music

*Walking/Exercise

*Daydreaming

Sometimes, I even do all three at once!  If I’m looking for a particular mood, I’ll select the type of music (via You Tube or Pandora) that fits the bill.  When I’m “blocked,” music or some form of exercise almost always work for me.  Other times if none of the above are successful, I’d take a short break and binge-watch a TV show in the genre I’m attempting to write.

What about you?  What fuels your creativity?

 

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You Tube Tuesday: Writing and You Tube

 

(*YouTube Tuesday idea originally came from the Martians Attack blog)

 

Not too long ago, I used Pandora (Film Scores station) while I wrote.  Now, it’s You Tube.  It’s full of choices including Epic Music World, The Guild of Ambience, The Prime Cronus, The Soundtrack Beast, and on and on.   Some of my favorites though are Fesliyan Studios, Vadim KiselevTaylor Davis, and Audiomachine.

 

What about you?  What/who do you listen to as you write?

 

If you’d like to participate in YouTube Tuesday, post something from YouTube that you enjoyed and tell us a bit about it.  Don’t forget to include the link to this post in yours so I can check it out.  Also, if you’re on Twitter, tweet about it using the hashtag #YouTubeTuesday.

 

Writing: Take the pressure off yourself, and relax!

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Every year right about this time I fall into a writing slump.

Burned out?

Hmm, nah I don’t think that’s it.

Writer’s block?

No, not that either.

January is usually a good month to sit back and review what the previous year had brought, and plan for the upcoming one. The thing is I have so many ideas and plans, I find myself “frozen” in place.

Indecisive as to which project to tackle first.

Ever find yourself in that position?

With the month more than half over, and I’ve yet to start on anything

I’m growing more frustrated with myself.

In come the comfort food…well, at least making sure I’m well-stocked on coffee, and hello Netflix, and let the binge watching commence.

Am I procrastinating now?

Hmm, perhaps, but I like to think I’m taking a break while allowing the Muse to percolate (so to speak) on the many ideas I have.

When she’s ready, I’m sure I will know it.

How Do You Stimulate Your Muse? (Poll)

“Writers are a courageous lot”

I came across a passage written by Anthony J.W. Benson  that I like to share with my fellow readers.  It talks about writers and their struggles.

“Writers are a courageous lot. Often embattled by confusion, distraction and persistent dissatisfaction, they fight through pain, sweat and tears, as well as the unforgiving blinding glare of the blank page, to bring their thoughts forth.  As the internal war rages, they are capable of great victories, and great defeats. Yet, in the face of creative adversity those who choose to break free and follow the beacon of truth, emotion and passion have the indefensible power to emancipate themselves, and thus the reader, with their bravery and well-chosen words—a  singular, yet shared, freedom of being truly beholden to no one, and nothing, except their soul that calls to them.”

Did his words speak to you, move you as a writer?

 

How To Jump-Start Your Muse

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Ever have days when no matter what you do, you just can’t get going?  The harder you try, the more frustrated you get, and still nothing.  There are dirty dishes in the sink, the laundry hamper is over-flowing, and to top it all off, you’re worrying about making your paycheck stretch ’till the next payday.   Recently you lost a loved one to a horrible disease, and one of your siblings is going through a nasty divorce.  Life can be so distracting at times, and all you want to do is write to take your mind off them even if it lasted for only a few minutes, you desperately need that reprieve.distraction

How can you do this when the muse refuses to cooperate?

1.  Take a deep breath.  Sit back in your chair, close your eyes and let yourself be immersed in the sounds around you.

2. Next, acknowledge all the things that are bothering/distracting you, and the reasons behind them.

3. Then write them down in a notebook, or type it on your electronic gadget.

From personal experience, many times these were all that was needed to jump-start my muse; but, not always.

What can you do then?

4. Put on some music.  For me, non-lyrical types work best especially ones from soundtracks for movies.    The “film scores” station on Pandora is  a great place to start (and it’s free!). Tunein (internet radio) is another great (also free) place to check out.

5. Move.  You’ve probably seen this particular one on many writing sites as a possible solution to “writer’s block” and I for one can definitely say that it does work (most of the time).  Go outside and take a walk.  Try some gardening, or mow the grass.  Wash those dishes, or start a load of laundry.  For many, taking a long shower or bath does wonders for them.  Busying your body with an activity other than writing tends to free the muse/mind to wander to wherever it desires to go; many a writer have had an epiphany this way.

 

If all else fail,  pick up a book and lose yourself in it.      Book reading