Monday, December 14, 2009

Writing without a muse.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure what a muse is and what it actually could do for me – or is supposed to do for me. As far as I know, a muse has never landed on my shoulder and whispered in my ear.

I do know, however, that when I just daydream, I come up with some of my best writing. I’ll be sitting at a red light and my mind will hit on a great idea.

Unfortunately, I don’t always have a pen and pad or a computer or a tape recorder with me. Therefore, by the time I get home, the thought is most often gone and if it isn’t gone, the clever wording that went with the idea has certainly fled. Consequently, the world misses most of my best stuff.

What is the lesson here? Well, it’s to carry a pen and pad or a computer (perfect justification to get one of those netbooks) or a tape recorder with me at all times, so I can capture brilliance when it hits. The alternative to that is to try to simulate the relaxed state of my daydreams while I’m writing.

Now, I think there is something to that relaxation solution. I think the advice here is to stop straining to create. I think the advice is to sit back and write what comes to mind. Be a reporter of the story that is going through your brain instead of the creator of the story. Just let it flow and don’t worry about the outcome. Leave the straining for when you start revising and playing with your creation.

By relaxing and letting the story flow without censor, you just might have something worth re-writing when you’re done.


Madame Purl said...

All my best ideas seem to come in that space right before I drift off to sleep. Of course I think I should get up and write that down, but never actually do.

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