November is rapidly approaching and I am not enthusiastic about any of my ideas or former drafts. I read through 300 writing prompts yesterday and none of them prompted me to write. Not one.
I am so ready to move on to my next novel – I spent way too much time writing and re-writing my last one and I have learned my lesson – I need to create a detailed outline – and follow it. I had an outline for the Involuntary Tourist, but I did not follow it closely. Then I decided to change some things around and got totally lost.
The premise and the story were so exciting to me that it kept me going until the end. Ten years is a long time to be excited about something.
Now, I am excited about nothing. I am finding that I have become impatient with my brain. I want to have at least a month to develop my idea into a tight outline, so I’m ready for November. I have a screenplay in the works, that I like, but I want to do something totally NEW and FRESH to me.
I have a ton of drafts, notes, and research done that is sitting around in my filing cabinet – like dust bunnies I am trying to ignore, but they won’t go away. I have thought often about pitching them into our wood-burning stove during the winter. Of course, I never do it. After all, those ‘almost’ books are like children.
I do not perform well under pressure. I need to stop trying so hard. The best ideas come to me when I least expect them. Truth be told, they usually happen in the shower or on the pot. Not glamorous, but there you have it.
“Inspiration is not found within, but rather comes from discovering it in others”
So, who is this Quo, you ask. Why am I quoting him? Well, Quo is a fictional character in one of my novels. His assignment is to be a Guardian Angel for the protagonist of said novel. Anyway, his hobby, one of many, is famous quotes and sayings.
Above is his very first, soon to be famous, quote. He asked me to please spread it around. Well, actually his very words were, “Get it out there!” “Mingle it around!”
Now you know about Quo and his soon-to-be-famous quote. When we are allowed to mingle again I hope that you will help me.
Get More Sleep
Persevere your Goals (i.e. get quilting!)
Be the Sunshine
Read the Bible each day
Get More Sleep
Write letters & make phone calls
Prepare for Hubby Appreciation Day (next Thurs)
Deliver finished masks for the County
Get More Sleep
It seems that Quo may have influenced the author as well as the character. My original list was much shorter…
I do this – stare at a blank “New Post” form and wait for an idea to pop into my head. It’s my scheduled time to write, and I have no other chance for a while, so I better come up with something NOW!
I have never come up with a publishable post that way. In fact, if I start putting any words together and save the draft, I toss it a few weeks later. Because it doesn’t grow on me either. Probably because it’s forced.
The dictionary has two definitions for muse:
Muse (verb), as to have deep thoughts or to meditate.
Muse (noun) a spirit or source that inspires an artist.
OK then. I can muse, and I can be a muse. Can I be amusing? Another example of how English can be dumb. But I digress…
Muse, who I think of as being feminine, does not look over my shoulder and smack me upside the head when I stop writing. She does not come when you call her, either. My Muse hangs out in the bathroom. Don’t laugh. Some of my best ideas have occurred to me while in the shower.
I have sensed her inspiration when writing is not on my mind at all, and I’m focused on scrubbing the built up crud off my stove. Something nearly brilliant will pop into my head, bringing a sudden grin to my face, because it’s the coolest feeling in the world.