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Friday, November 16, 2012

Kickstarting Your Muse

Like all writers, I struggle with balancing writing with the day job, work with play. I've had times when I had writer's block and other periods where I had so much stresss going on that my muse went into a virtual coma. So how does one kickstart one's muse, especially after a prolonged absence?

I like to begin with the following steps:

  1. Re-reading my writing, including works in progress. Reminding myself of where I was at when I wrote my last helps to get the motor running. I try to read them all like I'm new to the work and am just a reader enjoying the story. 
  2. Daydream, imagine, let it run wild. What can I bring to my current works? Am I trying to force actions that are out of characters for the players involved, or have I hit a point where the subject matter is proving to be more challenging to get inspiration from than I thought?
  3. Take long walks, do a repetitive workout, and let the mind wander. Recharge those batteries.
  4. Pinpoint where the source of frustration is coming from and work it out. Think of it like massaging pressure points. It may hurt a little at first but once released...ahhhhhh
Hope this helps! Feel free to provide your own suggestions in the comments. Also, if you want to be entered into the giveaway, please include your email in the comments and/or use the widget below. Thanks! :D

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Maria D. said...

Happy 5th Birthday to the Midnight Seductions Authors! Good blog post - I think what you do to kick start your muse would probably work with a lot of things in every day life - I can't count the number of times just taking a walk has helped me with stress!

Thanks for the giveaway

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Anonymous said...

That's really good advice!


ceagles said...

Congrats and Happy 5th Birthday!. I agree that's really good advice. I'm going to try a few just to help with everyday distractions and stress.


Julie said...

Happy 5th Birthday! I'll have to try some of your suggestions to destress.

Kim S. said...

Happy Birthday to MSA!

Very interesting advice Adrianne.

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Amy S. said...

Happy 5th birthday!

Rhonda D said...

Happy 5th Birthday! So once your muse kicks in do you have to write down your thoughts immediately or are they there for a while. I think I would have to immediately jot them down so I didn't loose anything. :)
Thanks for sharing!
Rhonda D

rhonda1111 said...

Happy birthday. came from NOW I liked hearing from you in chat.
walks are nice to think but would rather swim and laze in sunshine.
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Elf2060 said...

Happy 5th! Unfortunately, I spend too much time daydreaming and not enough time writing, lol. Thanks for the giveaway and thanks for visiting the NOR chat!

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