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Recharging Creative Energies



from balcony

View from Julie’s balcony, Crystal River Inn B&B

*leans over balcony railing* “You bloody well owe me for this.”

“Yeah, yeah.” My writer yells from the yard. “I told you last weekend I wanted you to write the post while we’re here.”

“This is not part of my job description.”

My writer waves. “I’m going on the lake tour. You can catch up when you’re done.”

“You heard the part about owing me, love. Trust me, I will collect.”

Julie piles into the van with her fellow writing sisters without another wave.

So here I bloody am writing her blog post. Again. But this time it isn’t to be nice. Mercury is in retrograde, and damn it, my writer has an energy drain that’s been pulling her down since last weekend. She asked me to do this, but I agreed on one condition: she has to work on Book 2 every single day for the next month.

She blew her July NaNo. I’m ready to take bets on if she will manage to get 30k words done in a month. A thousand words a day. I’m ready to pull out all the stops on her.

You writers think we muses have it so good. You think all we have to do is sit on a shelf like some fecking holiday elf and you magically get inspired.

Well, it doesn’t work that way. We have to figure out how to encourage your creative energies to kick around ideas and images in your head. And if that doesn’t work, like it isn’t working for my writer (damn it all to bloody hell and back), we have to gather it ourselves and shove it into you.

It’s like trying to collect sparks from a Roman candle and cramming them into your head like …Β  Trust me, it ain’t easy. It helps that the reunion is at such a quiet location, with a river running behind it. It gets my writer to open up to the energy, which makes my job a hell of easier.

Besides, I left my bullwhip and fedora at home. Hasn’t been working anyway.Β Now that Julie has finished the list of stuff she got from her editor (THAT wasn’t as tough as I thought it would be), she can focus on her next project. And I’ll be damned if I’m going to just sit by and wish the creative energy to infuse her.

No, I’m going to fecking channel the energy into her. I didn’t take that Muse refresher course for nothing. And I didn’t learn the rules so I wouldn’t break them. Besides, they’re more like guidelines…

Signing off, because I’ve got a Muse rule or two to break.

Get your arses writing!

crystal river


Author: Julie Holmes, author

A fiction writer since elementary school (many years ago), and NaNoWriMo annual participant for 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??), two dogs, seven 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.

28 thoughts on “Recharging Creative Energies

  1. Loved hearing your muse’s voice here! And you make a really well-taken point about needing the creative batteries re-charged at times. I think that’s true of all of us. There needs to be a balance between the self-discipline of writing, and taking the time to refresh.

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    • Absolutely, Margot! I’ve been struggling the past month or so to keep the creative energies going, but once I get out into this beautiful area with no responsibilities besides writing and talking about writing, I can feel my creativity recharge. Love this place along with my Writing Sisters. Have a great writing weekend!

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  2. Yep, this will recharge my creative energy, Julie. I can hear the water and the insects in the greenery. Thanks.

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    • It was beautiful, Jacqui! We’re coming back next year, because we just love the setting. Our first morning here I saw a heron stalking in the river. This little town is laid out along the river, so quaint and historical. It’s a good respite. Have a great week ahead!


  3. Your muse is such a hoot! “You think all we have to do is sit on a shelf like some fecking holiday elf and you magically get inspired.” OMG! Talk about an LOL! I’d love to hang out with that guy sometime. Perhaps he’d recharge HIS creative energy by spending time with another writer. Those pictures are beautiful. Ahhh, what a wonderful time you must be having. I do hope you enjoy every minute of it.

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    • LOL! He did get a little testy when I told him yes, I really meant for him to do the blog post. We love the setting so much we decided we had to come back next year again. The hosts are wonderful as well. They’re new (just bought the place in Jan), but they got married here, and when the proprietess told us her story, it was obvious they were meant to own this place.

      I’m getting recharged, which is good, and I’ve gotten feedback and brainstorming help for Book 2. It’s been a great retreat!

      Have a wonderful week, Betsy!

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  4. I hope you enjoyed your lake tour, Julie. The muse handled the post just fine. I too have just not been in the writing mood this summer. September, we’ll hit it hard…. promise!

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    • The lake tour was wonderful! Even with the amount of traffic on the lakes, I think it was getting out there on the water and seeing the forested shoreline that really encourages an almost-meditative atmosphere. I’m getting the writing mood back, now that I’ve gotten some good suggestions for how to change the story. Maybe that’s all I needed to feel like I could continue with it. I wasn’t sure how to move the story forward because, I think, it wasn’t quite right yet.

      Have a great week, Diana!

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  5. Muse refresher course!

    I’m going to recommend to my Muse that she enrolls in it.

    Neil S.

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  6. Julie, Your ManMuse could have been talking to me! Thank you! Life with serious stuff got in the way of writing. Should be my refuge from all of that. Getting right back to it now! Glad you took the tour to recharge your brain! Happy weekend! πŸ“š Christine

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    • LOL! Thanks, Christine! The retreat is always a treat, and our choice of location is especially nice with the river and the gazebo and just the overall scenery. There are plenty of spaces for us to do our individual writing, and the proprietors are wonderful at accommodating our group. Now to keep the momentum going!

      Have a great upcoming week!

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  7. β€œIt’s like trying to collect sparks from a Roman candle and cramming them into your head like …  Trust me, it ain’t easy. β€œ Your muse has quite a way of expressing his frustration, Julie, and it made me laugh. I trust you will be ready for his rule breaking strategies after your refreshing time out with your writing sisters.

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    • LOL! Glad you enjoyed it, Molly! Honestly, I’m not sure I’m ready to find out what his rule-breaking strategies are. On the bright side, I haven’t seen the bullwhip or fedora around–yet. Our retreats are always a time for getting the momentum back, especially after tapping the imaginations of 5 other writers to help work through rough spots.

      Have a wonderful week!

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  8. My, my. He IS in a bit of a mood, isn’t he? Here’s hoping the retreat is what you need to recharge and he doesn’t have to crack the whip!

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  9. Oh, he’s a tough one your muse is, Julie. And I think Mr. E. has been hanging around him too much, picking up pointers during those pub crawls. He was relentless through July having me clean up 12 old short stories for possible publication.

    Those photos are gorgeous. A writing retreat sounds positively divine. I would love to be able to escape like that for a few days. Fingers crossed you come back invigorated, energized and inspired! πŸ™‚

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    • LOL! I was wondering if Mr. E encouraged my Muse to go to those muse refresher courses, but it makes way more sense they conspired during those pub crawls πŸ˜€

      That little place is quaint, and such a wonderful setting with the river babbling along behind the house. I waded in the water this year. It was cool and refreshing, and I sat on the tree that extends over the river for a bit to absorb some of Nature’s energy. It is a beautiful spot!

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  10. Hope you had a great time and glad your muse could step in for you;)

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  12. I wish my muse spoke to me this way. All she does is sit in the dark waving her dirty finger at me. Words! I want words!

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  13. At the moment she’s sleeping. Must not wake a sleepy muse.

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