Thursday, June 3, 2010
The Elusive Muse
Unfortunately, I struggle with those in-between times when the inspirational muse is nowhere to be found. But it is this time when a productive writer gets the job done.
I currently have a project where I rode the wave of inspiration through an outline and twenty-six thousand words into a first draft. But then my muse left me with a broken heart and five unfinished chapters. Sure, I keep busy by writing poetry, short stories, other projects, but it seems, as time slips by, I've found every excuse not to finish the project at hand.
Now, I must fall back on some basic truths and rules to get back in the fight - so to speak. Here are some basic rules and concepts I follow that others might find useful when trying to stay productive on a project.
1. Set a daily writing goal, and do your best to stick to it. If one wants their writing to be taken seriously, they must take their writing seriously. Treat your writing project like a job - either part or full-time. That means one might need to schedule time specifically for writing. I personally like to write my stories using many small chapters, so I try to set my daily writing goal at one chapter or a number of scenes within a chapter.
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I am an old soldier, now reformed to backyard farmer, writer, blogger and aviation systems trainer. Although working on it, I've yet to earn the title of gentleman.
Things that interest me? Writing in numerous genres but mostly suspense, science fiction (speculative) and mystery. Outside of my full-time job, I love everything to do with aquaponic gardening and suburban homesteading. I often blog or post youtube videos about these subjects along with updates on my small typewriter collection, rants about our world's current state of affairs, surviving a zombie apocalypse or the antics of my backyard chickens.