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Here we go…

My muse came crashing back into my life this past week, so here I am bonding with the laptop on a snowy Saturday afternoon, determined to create.

Muses can be kind or cruel, but as long as they’re communicating and pushing us to create, they’re doing their job, right? And the characters in my novel have been nothing more than distant friends for too long, like old high school friends, or friends from out of state that I haven’t seen for years. But now they’re back in the picture, demanding the attention they deserve, so we’re getting reacquainted.

I pitched my novel to a top agent a little while back and she enthusiastically asked me to submit my entire manuscript for her to read and… And, like a self-inflicted taser blast to the, uhh, let’s say gut, I didn’t send it. It wasn’t ready, that’s for sure. But, while that should have motivated me to work both day and night to edit and re-write and completely clean it up to send it to her, it pushed me in the other direction, to all of those thoughts of doubt that make looking at the page on the screen cause heart palpitations.

So, I blew it. And that taser left its mark.

But while muses might be silent for long stretches, they don’t quit on you. They pop back in, put you in a headlock (yeah, my muse is a bad ass) and make it clear that they won’t let go until you’ve done what you’re supposed to do. And what I’m supposed to do is write. So, it’s at least 5 chapters edited today, and 1,000 words added, or else my muse won’t let me sleep tonight. And I’m okay with that… As long as she doesn’t pull out the taser.

Wow, I’m actually back!

As November begins, and with it, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), I thought it was a perfect opportunity to get back into blogging on here…. After all, as I have an agent wanting – and waiting – to read my latest finished novel and, since it’s not actually finished yet, I need something to distract me from working on it full time to save some sanity, right? Well, it makes sense to me anyway…

I’ll admit that finding motivation both to write and to read other writers’ works has been difficult recently. It’s amazing how you can be given more time to accomplish things and then feel less like doing it than ever before. I’ve heard from other writers who have been going through that same drought of motivation over the past months though. Not that I would wish that on anyone, but it’s nice to know that I’m not alone. It’s like all of the muses have taken an extended break while the world went nuts. But it’s time to get back to it and kick things into gear, even if my own individual muse has apparently disappeared into witness protection.

I don’t know how other writers work through their ideas but I have post-it notes, emails I sent to myself, notes on my phone, scribbles on legal pads, etc. that I need to dig through to see what’s worth saving. I never claimed to be efficient or organized, but creative types are supposed to be a mess – or messy – aren’t they? The picture for the dust jacket of my novel definitely isn’t going to be taken in my office/man cave/disaster area. I’m thinking I’m going to play off of all of the pictures musicians use of themselves randomly hanging out on railroad tracks. Only I’ll be carrying my laptop.

But before then, I need to finish the novel…. So I’ll cut this short and get back to it. After all, I’m supposed to write at least 1,000 words today for the NaNoWriMo challenge and I’m about…1,000 words away for hitting that goal. Muse or no muse, it’s time to write!