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Feeding Your Muse

I love to write. I don’t know why anyone would pick this profession for any other reason. A month ago though, the dark monsters of the swamp came out to haunt me. You know the ones with those killer claws: stress, anxiety, and insecurity to name a few. And with writing content articles and editing my current novel, writing had morphed into some twisted self-deprecating job.

I needed a break. I needed to close my computer for a few days and feed my muse.

It was difficult at first to shut down the nagging voices telling me to be productive. But I closed my laptop, packed my bags, and escaped to the country.

I went for walks. Got caught in the rain. Read for enjoyment. Mother Nature calmed my soul and left my imagination free to play.Cabin sunrise

Not everyone is not able to run away, but we still need to make time for ourselves and, as Elizabeth Gilbert referred to it, Our Elusive Creative Genius. In this TED talks, she explained that when we see our muse, or creative genius, as something outside of us, then it is easier to maintain our sanity. It is worth the time to watch.

I enjoy thinking of my muse as a separate identity or creative genius. One we must feed and nurture in the hope that it’s won’t torment us.

How do you feed your muse?

Shading Our Pieces

I believe creativity in any form helps my muse. So, I have taken up drawing this summer with my kids. One lesson in particular focused on shading—a complicated task for a novice like me. Shading with a simple pencil, when done correctly, adds dimension and depth to a piece.

As I am now wrestling with editing my novel, I can’t help but see the similarities with the two art forms: writing and drawing.

At times, I feel my 75,000 word rough draft is a long outline. I wanted to get the story out so badly that it is missing the characterization and emotional depth that I feel is necessary. So now, as I go back through the story I have begun to layer it. I find myself adding setting, senses, and emotional reactions that were previously missing.

Granted my novel, feels time consuming than the simple picture I drew, but I hope the time I put into layering my story will help it grow into the adventure I originally dreamed of.

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