Facets of a Muse

Examining the guiding genius of writers everywhere

When you need to say “Duh”


T-minus 4 days and counting until the Writers’ Institute in Madison, WI.

Four days.

So, here I am, on my lunch break working on my synopsis, when I stop in mid-thought.

Yes, it really was. I was like, but what about the climax? I’ve got two main events, and they’re both like, the climax, but I can’t …



Gawd, why didn’t I put this together earlier? OMG. Seriously.

And this after I’ve got my first 50 pages shined up pretty well.

We’re talking major brain fart here. No rainbows in sight. Or unicorns.

*enters writing office*

*breaks ‘in case of emergency’ glass*

*pushes big red button*

The neat thing about the phone on my writing desk is I can set ring tones (Hey, it’s my office). Guess which one I’ve got set for my Muse. I listen to the first few bars of “Holding Out for a Hero” before I answer.

“What’s the emergency?” he asks. “I’m kinda busy.” I hear cheering in the background.

“Busy? Sounds like you’re at a rugby match.”

Silence. “You were entertaining family this weekend, so I took some time off. What’s the emergency, love?”

“I need you here ASAP. I’ve got to revise the plot for my WIP tonight.”

“Again? I thought you were going to be Skyping tonight. You cleaned up the brainstorming wall before I left.”

“I will be Skyping, and then I’ll be revising. In other words, get your ass back here.”

More silence. “Ask nicely.”

Seriously? Fine. “Help me with my plot revision. Please.”

He sighs into the phone, like I’m a major inconvenience. He’s supposed to be on my schedule; it’s his job. “After this match. It just started, so it might be a while.”

“You know when I get home from work. I’ve got beer,” I add, just in case.

“I’ll see you later, love.” Click.

Does this ever happen to you? You think you’ve got the plot nailed down, and things seem to work, and then BAM! You realize you missed an obvious plot point. Or, in my case, a whole freaking thread. Actually, two threads that should be one.

Stupid brainstorms.

Happy Monday!


Author: Julie Holmes, author

Pen names: J. M. Holmes, J. M. Goebel A fiction writer since elementary school (many years ago), and NaNoWriMo annual participant for a decade, I've been published in small press magazines such as "Fighting Chance" and "The Galactic Citizen". I write adult mystery with a touch of romance, mystery with extrasensory elements, contemporary fantasy, and epic fantasy, and I'm represented by the fabulous Cynthia Zigmund of Second City Publishing Services. In real life, I am a technical writer with a family of two teens, a wonderful hubby, one cat (what writer doesn't have cats??), two dogs, two chickens, and more chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits than any garden should have to deal with. My garden, our hobby farm, and Nature's annual seasons are some of my muses.

9 thoughts on “When you need to say “Duh”

  1. DUH! is right — like when you’re writing a mystery and forget to include a police detective. You have a great story — tying the plots together, easy-peasy.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Oh dear. EMERGENCY. This is why I outline, Julie. Reduces heart conditions and panic attacks. You’ll pull it together, though. Stock up on craft beer and get that muse in gear. Good luck! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    • The scary thing is, I do outline. My problem: after I’ve worked through the plot, and think I’ve got it all set up, a piece that just almost fits but not quite gets replaced by the piece that fits perfectly. Sigh. The A-ha! moment (not the band 🙂 ) just didn’t show up on time!


  3. Glad you bribed him with beer. Between the two of you I’ve got every confidence you’re going to tie everything together.
    I had several of those panic moments on my last WIP and had to go back and work multiple threads. One of these days I’m going to write with an outline, LOL.

    Sending you vibes for good luck!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Well, the outline isn’t the cure-all I wish it could be. I outline, but my problem is I can’t always see the pieces align right away, and it sometimes takes a bit of percolating before that idea hits the target. I think this change is much better for the story, so I’m excited about the plot changes, it’s just the work I know it’ll need to get worked into the WIP. Ahh, the life of a writer 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Yes! Agh! Especially when it’s like the fiftieth draft and you’re like, “How did I miss this forty-nine times?!” Hope your Muse pulls you through! (Muse autocorrected to Murder the first time through. Hopefully not a sign. :))

    Liked by 1 person

    • OMG! I am glad it happened before the draft fit for beta readers, because I know they’d say something about it. And after the two outlines (one for the first plot, one for the second), I should’ve seen it. Oh well, you’re right, at least I’m not wondering how I missed it the first 49 times 😀


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s