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Feeding the Muse?? #amwriting #writingcommunity

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So, as I’m sitting in my writing office catching up on my blog post reading, I run across an interesting post. It’s a great article on cultivating and recharging your creative energies. These things are all on my to-do list. Maybe I should take a break and do something other than write for a day. Then again, my nest is empty right now, so I should …

“A-hem.”

I look up from my laptop and check my non-existant watch. “Yep. Figured you’d show up about now.”

My Muse responds with an exasperated sigh. “I’ve been here, love.” He slides the ottoman–which really serves no purpose except as someplace to set my laptop when I get up from my recliner–toward him and settles on it, elbows on his knees. He must have a drawer full of fisherman’s sweaters; the one he’s wearing now is a heathered maroon. The black sweatpants aren’t as chic as the sweater, but hey, just about anything looks good on him.

“How many of those yumm–er, cozy sweaters do you have?”

An eyebrow arches. “Enough. Look, I’m not here to discuss my wardrobe.”

“Ohh, great subject. So, where did you get them? Scotland? Ireland? Are they all wool, or ā€¦”

His blue eyes lock to mine. “You’re stalling.”

It’s getting a little warm in here. I shove my sleeves to my elbows. “I’m writing.”

“You aren’t working on your WIP. You should have at least half your word quota done by now.”

“I do. The words are just in my blog post.”

“Not where they need to be, are they?” He shakes his head. “I do give you credit for trying.” He shakes a finger at me. “Try harder.”

“You know, I ran across this great blog article about …”

“Feeding the muse?” His mouth curls up at the edges. “You do realize the article is talking about the writer not the muse, don’t you?”

I open my mouth to answer, then shut it.

“It’s about opening yourself to creative energy. All those things, they encourage you to be more receptive to me. Your Muse.”

This time I concentrate on keeping my mouth shut, because I could go so many places with that. Oh boy, sooo many places.

And it is definitely getting warmer in here.

“Reading, dabbling in other creative activities, taking time to unplug and do something not specifically creative but something to help you quiet your mind. All those things make my job easier.” He retrieves a beer from the mini-fridge. “But …”

I knew it. Of course there’s a catch.

“They are not excuses to not write.” He bends until he’s level with me. “Not excuses. You do these things, and then you write, because these things help you call up creative energy. Understand?”

I swallow hard. “Yes.”

“Say it, love.”

“I can do the things, then I have to take advantage of the energy and write.”

He sits back on the ottoman. “Close enough. You have a whole day with an empty nest. I expect you to write double your quota.”

It’s going to be a nice weekend, balmy. We’ve had below zero wind chills, -20 and colder, the past two days, so I’m looking forward to temps around freezing šŸ˜€ It’ll be a nice day for a walk.

In any case, check out the article. It’s a good reminder to recharge your creative batteries every so often. I haven’t been reading much lately, but I find listening to “new age” instrumental music helps stir up my writing juices. What is your go-to activity that helps you “feed your muse”?

Have a productive and creative writing weekend!

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.

27 thoughts on “Feeding the Muse?? #amwriting #writingcommunity

  1. I read when Iā€™m not feeling the writing. Oh, and darts and drinks and eavesdropping.

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  2. I know just what you mean, Julie. You need to re-charge those creative batteries – and then actually use that energy. I see it as a sort of process. You do have to re-charge, whether it’s by gardening, or spending time with family, or meditating, or… But then you have to focus, sit down, and use that energy to create. That (at least for me!) is where the discipline of writing comes in.

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  3. Your ‘muse’ posts–they’d make a great Memoirs of a Writer book. So clever.

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  4. Julie, your post made me laugh. My muse is running behind me at the moment, I think. I have been on a bit of a roll and have hit 75 000 words.

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  5. My but your muse sounds handsome!:-) Lately, feeding my muse includes reading nonfiction books about writing. They’re encouraging.

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  6. I took a peek at the article, Julie, and it looks like I need to read it a little more thoroughly. I love taking breaks and find the time very rejuvenating. In fact, I need to schedule one! Thanks for the reminder. šŸ™‚

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  7. I spent some time recharging in the forest writing some poetry this week. Of course it shouldn’t be in the 60s here and sunny but I took advantage of this break from winter. Have a great rest of weekend and week, Julie!

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  8. I like to go outside and pet the neighbors’ cats. šŸ™‚ Thanks for the recommendation. I’ll check out that article. And maybe some fisherman sweaters online in my husband’s size. šŸ˜‰

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  9. Iā€™m always on recharge these days. šŸ˜

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  10. I write blog posts to recharge my muse and I read like crazy šŸ™‚
    But I also enjoy other creative exercises. Part of my day job involves building and maintaining websites and I fid that awesome for firing up the creative juices.

    I shuddered at the -20 degree temperatures. We’re on our fifth warmest winter on record and I still find it cold. Zoey has the write idea, snuggling up for a good toasty sleep, LOL!

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    • I envy how much you read! And you manage to write reviews, too. I’m still trying to catch up on blog posts …

      We should only have a few more days of below zero temps for the month. This winter has been mild, relatively speaking, which is nice for a change (although it’ll be even nicer if we avoid the massive March and April snowstorms šŸ˜€ )

      Have a wonderful writing week, Mae!

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  11. Walks are a perfect way to recharge, I find … as for the muse, ideas often strike me in the shower! I’ve wondered what creative energies Iā€™d get from standing under a waterfall! šŸ˜€

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    • Absolutely! I’m looking forward to a few walks during our taste of spring this weekend, with temps above freezing! And a waterfall would be great–if it was warm šŸ˜€ When we went to Hawaii years ago we found a pool fed by a waterfall, and that water was cold!

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