Day Twenty-Seven: Welcome Your Muse

(Day 26) Call Your Writing Muse

“One reason I don’t suffer Writer’s Block is that I don’t wait on the muse, I summon it at need.”

— Piers Anthony

Writers Block.

WRITERS BLOCK.

Uuuuuugggghhhh!

It’s the literary plague. The thing that looms over all of us, heavy and threatening, determined to kill our dreams.

I have a secret for you, though. It’s something I learned when I was a in my mid-twenties and working as the only newspaper reporter at a tiny newspaper in rural Nevada town. A town that was literally named the Armpit of America.

This is a truth that just about any journalist who has to produce writing on a deadline. Day after day after day.

Here it is: Writer’s block isn’t a thing.

Oh. I know it feels like a thing. I actually call it writer’s brain. See, writing is hard. Super hard. It’s so hard and so cerebral that our brains will do literally anything to give us an out.

So, suddenly we can’t write if our muses don’t show up. We can’t write if we’re not inspired. And it make sense, right? Who can write without inspiration? It’s insane to expect it.

See? Your brain gives you a way out of the hard work, while still letting you feel like a writer. Not only a writer–a TORTURED writer searching for inspiration. A writer abandoned by the muse.

Here’s what I want you to do today. I want you to figure out how to call your muse. Pull her right up out of wherever she’s hiding and put her to work. No more waiting on inspiration. You’re in charge here. You decide when your muse is going to inspire you.

Call Your Writing Muse

Here’s how I do it, on days when the idea of writing for even ten minutes feels monumental.

I light a candle. A yellow or orange candle, because those are my creativity colors. A citrus scent is best, but not 100 percent necessary. And I invite her. Verbally. Nothing as serious as a prayer or an invocation. I just say, “Hey, muse, let’s work.” Then I work. (That’s the important bit.) And when I’m done, I blow out my candle and say, “thanks for showing up today, Muse.”

That’s it.

Today, I want you to think about what you can do to call your muse. And remember that what you’re really doing is A) appeasing your writer brain and B) indicating to all of your systems that it’s time to work.

ASSIGNMENT 27

Come up with a little routine that you can use to call your muse. Come on over to Facebook and share it.

 

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