Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Was the Muse friendly today?

This is what my husband asks me each day when he gets home.  You know those days, where your words flow from your fingertips, the characters move of their own volition, and you look at the clock and wonder where the last two hours went and who the heck wrote those 5 pages?  Those are the days when the Muse is friendly.  We like those days!  Then there are those other days, the ones where you can sit for hours and not write a word.  Days where your characters sit down in protest and look to you (of all people!) to tell them what to do.   Days where you write a sentence only to hit the delete button right after you hit the period.  We hate those days.  Writers are creatures of extremes-either it's a great writing day or it's terrible.  Either the Muse was friendly or she never showed up.
Tell me about your Muse.  Male or Female?  Old or Young?  Mine is an Italian grandmother I think.  She hits me on the back of the head and calls me a "stu-nod" (sp?) when I can't think of anything to write or question her abilities.  She gives me guilt when I don't make time for her every day.  And she keeps making me get something to eat when I'm writing!  What is your Muse like?


Sheri said...

Oh the eating thing when I'm writing is a bad thing for me too! I am trying to stock up on low-fat snacks because it has become a bad habit for me. It's like I need to keep my mouth moving to keep my brain engaged or something.

My muse is neither male, nor female. It is usually in the voice of my main character I hear. So at this point, it is a 17 year old female from the south somewhere - which is strange because I have never been to the south. I have always lived on the no. east, so when I at first tried to force the book to take place here, she kept saying in her south charm and twang, nope, it takes place here. Finally I stopped fighting and now her voice comes through loud and strong.

Sheri said...

Oh hey, thanks for the link btw. I will link you up on my blog too!