Facets of a Muse

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And then it hit me


BAM! A brand new, never-before-imagined idea blasts through my brain.

Oh. My. Gawd.

Seriously? Is this real?

My Muse straightens to his full six foot-two height. If he leans forward, I think our foreheads would collide. “You have a problem with this, love?”

The storm is still rampant in my brain. Quick, I need a notebook. Damn. “Well, yeah. I mean, I should be working on Book 2. It’s NaNo, and my opportunity to re-draft …”

He rests a hand on my shoulder. “And how’s that been working for you?”

“Ahh, not well. I’m still not feeling it, but it’s only the first week.”

“Right. So, here you go.”

I shake my head and retreat to pace my writing office instead. “It’s a whole different genre. I haven’t written urban fantasy before. My agent doesn’t rep urban fantasy; the only fiction she reps is mystery. That’s a whole month of working on something that isn’t a genre my agent could rep. If I’m not working on Book 2, I should at least be working on my rural mystery.”

My Muse leans back against my desk, arms crossed on his oh-so-fine chest. “Uh-huh. You’ve been mulling that one for years. And you wrote that Irish contemporary fantasy. Some would call that urban.”

“Only because it wasn’t epic or traditional fantasy. I’ve still got an epic fantasy book I need to finish.” I can’t believe this. “I can’t spend thirty days writing something I haven’t thought about before. I don’t even know where I’d go with it. I’m not a pantser. At the very least I have to noodle on it for a while before I start writing anything. That’s thirty days I could–should–be working on Book 2, or my other mystery.”

“Other writers who write multiple genres often have multiple agents for the different genres. You know, a romance writer who also writes mysteries or fantasy. They have one agent for the romances and one for mysteries.”

I stop. Stare at him. “Not the point. It’s THIRTY FREAKING DAYS. I need to work on—”

“Don’t raise your voice, love. I’m standing right here.”

“Have you seen the urban fantasy market? You can’t go anywhere without tripping over a book about were-whatevers, or vampires, or gargoyles, or dragon-shifters, or hell, angels and demons. It’s saturated.”

“Uh-huh. And how far can you go before you hit a wall of mysteries? It’s the second biggest genre behind romance.”

“But there’s a ton of subgenres in mystery. Crime, noir, historical, cozy, detective, police procedural, oh my gawd. Lots of people read mysteries.” I start pacing again. “I can’t believe you did this.”

“You feel it though, don’t you? That pull. That burn to write. I know you do, love.”

Damn it. I hate it when he’s right. “That’s THIRTY DAYS I won’t be spending on the stuff I should be writing.”

He raises a finger. “Aha. Did you hear yourself? You said ‘should’ be writing. You should be saying ‘need’ to write. Hear the difference? Which story do you need to write?”

I shake my head. “The big thing now is diverse characters. I don’t write diverse, unlessΒ  you count strong female protagonists in non-traditional careers.”

“It’s got potential, love.”

I stop again, hands out as if offering my last suggestion. “I don’t even know what the freaking story is. I’ve got the first few lines. That’s it. I have no idea what happens next. I don’t even know who the main character is, much less the supporting actors or even the story goal. And first person POV? What the hell are you doing to me? I’ve got a contract obligation for Book 2.”

“I’m getting you excited for your project.”

I can’t spend thirty days writing something I have never thought about until just now.” Where’s my Night Fury conscience? Wait, no, where’s my book dragon? She can help me push back. Except she’d probably agree with him. “C’mon, I work full-time, plus sub at the library, plus the whole gotta-take-care-of-the-house thing before it turns into a hovel. I can NOT believe you’re doing this to me.”

He chuckles. I suppress an urge to slap that grin off his swoon-worthy face. “It’s my job, love, and you know it. So spend thirty days writing something different. It’s reignited the writing fire in you, right? You can’t wait to get home and get started.”

He’s right. Damn it, he’s right. I want to chase this idea. I want to sit down and start writing this, not help files for software. OMG, I’m going to be distracted by this all day.

“If you’re really good, maybe you can finish the urban fantasy and still work on Book 2 during NaNo.”


He blocks my path and locks me with his piercing blue gaze. “Are you a writer?”



Author: Julie Holmes, author

A fiction writer since elementary school (many years ago), and NaNoWriMo annual participant for over a decade, I have 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. My debut novel, "Murder in Plane Sight", has been released by Camel Press (an imprint of Coffeetown Press/Epicenter Press). In real life, I am a technical writer and empty-nester with a wonderful hubby, one cat (what writer doesn't have cats??), one dog, five 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.

30 thoughts on “And then it hit me

  1. Love it, Julie. Best wishes!

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  2. Ha ha! This is awesome. And so true. There’s no sleep during NaNo.

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  3. Well, damn! I could feel the enthusiasm pulsing from that post. Sounds like you have to run with the burning idea. 30 days of NaNo is a great time to experiment!
    Good luck!

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  4. I am getting stressed here Julie. Stop arguing and at least write the Whole idea down. Really, a writer like you should now they disappear like whisps to some more willing recipient.😊
    So go, write what you really desire!
    I know, what do I know about writing a book……well, I guess ideas that are given to you ..or whispered, need to be saved. They are precious.
    At least they are for a poet.
    Miriam πŸ¦‹πŸ˜ŠπŸŒˆπŸ’• .

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    • Never fear, Miriam. I wrote a bunch of ideas down during my lunch break. I can’t wait to get home and start writing! Even if I have to push off my other projects for a month, I’d much rather spend time with this new story idea. So I’ll indulge through NaNo. Have a great rest of your week and weekend!

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  5. Yay! Yup, you’re a writer. πŸ™‚ I could feel your energy, Julie. Happy Writing!

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  6. Julie, just go with it!!! You’re on fire with this idea…run with it and see where it takes you!! I love the intensity and passion of this post, don’t lose and as your wise muse says, forget the should and follow the need! Don’t burn out though…take those rejuvenating breaks! Good luck!!! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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    • Thanks, Annika! I started in last night, and felt good about the voice and tone. I’m a plantser (create a loose outline to guide the story but don’t plan it out meticulously), but with this story, I don’t even have a name for my main character yet. I hope I can put together something coherent πŸ˜€

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  7. Chuckle out loud at that ending there. Sounds like you need to get this out of your system. If it were me, I’d at least chase it down as far as it goes, maybe not finishing it, but getting what needs to get out, out. Then maybe you will indeed have time left for book 2. Isn’t writing grand? πŸ™‚

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    • LOL! Yep. Started in on it last night. Still don’t have a name for my main character, but I’ll chase it. There’s something that feels good about having a story you absolutely have to write–balances the dread that comes later when revising πŸ˜€


  8. Aww I loved the persona of your muse. Go for it! Best of luck.

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  9. Hi Julie. I love this post and hope you run with the new storyline. Regardless, I had fun reading another muse adventure. It seems many of us are having muse rebellions and mayhem! πŸ™‚

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  10. I enjoyed it Julie! nano?? for 30 days? you must be loving this. is there a fearful love story you are thinking of writing? I enjoyed reading your words, it was great. Absolutely you are a great writer! I loved it Julie!

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  12. Julie, at first I liked your ManMuse! Then, by the post’s end not so much! So, halfway through NaNo and how is it going? I’ve got a sweet, aging LadyMuse, a favorite librarian in my kid hood. Maybe boring, but no six-foot-two hunk of man with piercing blue eyes towering over me! Just sayin’… Really like your fast-paced, humorous writing style! Made me smile! 🌷 Christine

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    • LOL! Glad you liked this, Christine! He’s been my Muse for a while, so he gets me, and knows how hard to kick me in the ass to get moving on my writing πŸ˜€ Although, a librarian would be a great muse as well. It’s always fun to discover the muses that motivate other writers.

      So far, NaNo is going well. As long as I can resist distraction, I’m doing good πŸ˜€ Have a great weekend!

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