Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Don't Mess With The Muse

Dear Muse,
Have I slighted you? Not honored you? In my haste and excitement at that incredible 3,018 word day did I fly right by and start expecting the next great thing, without giving you the adulation you deserved?

I did, didn’t I? I did my usual, “Wow, ain’t I great! Let’s do more!” dance, didn’t I? Yes. Yes I did.

Did I immediately say, “Wow! At this pace, I can make THE END by an August 17th deadline!” and immediately blab it to the world? Yes. Yes I did.

I want so much to be like those other writers, the ones who whip out a novel in two months or 10,000 words in one sitting. I want to be like Nora Roberts who births five books a year, ripe with lovable and hate-able characters in locales I yearn to visit. I want to be instantly transported to that place and that time where I can write and not have to put on a veil to earn a living out in the world.

Dear Muse, my coveting ego has dishonored you. It has dishonored my Self. I write of lessons and transformation and ignore one of the most profound:

Be Where I Am. Be Who I Am. Accept it. Love it. And in so doing, love myself.

I am not those other writers. I am me. I am unique, and so are they. Only I have my voice, my imagination, my life experience. Only I can tell my story. In my own time, not theirs.

I see now, O Mighty Muse, my lesson:

My path is my path. My process is my process. And it’s not about THE END. It’s about the journey.

And the other lesson? Oh yeah. Don’t mess with the Muse, she’ll kick your ass!

~Olivia J. Herrell


Unknown said...

LOL oh dear good luck getting on your muse's good side!

I know mine considers me a part-time job, if that...maybe an unpaid internship of some kind?

Writer Junkie said...

Aren't they a touchy lot!!!

Mine has a very cruel sense of humor... she loves to feed me tidbits on EVERYTHING but what I need to be working on!

"Oh, Suzie wants to work on Luc's story? Hmmmmm.... Ah-ha!!! I know... here's a new plot idea... run with it, my sweet little victim!!!"

And off in my head another WIP fleshes out...


She hates me. :(

The Words Crafter said...

I love this! And you're so right, we each are different and we need to stop comparing ourselves to each other! Great post!

Denise Covey said...

I love this post Olivia. Yes, we are each unique..:)

Mary@GigglesandGuns said...

LOL! Love this post and it is so true.
Each of us is unique as is our muse.

Giggles and Guns

Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

Tessa, I'm hoping my public groveling scored enough points with her. It should. Right?

Suzie, LOL! No she doesn't, she gave you a juicy new novel. Mine did that, too! And now it's like she's sulking 'cause I want to finish my wip first. What up, Muse-y?

TWC, LA and Mary, thank you so much! Yes, yes and yes!

Jemi Fraser said...

I would love to share Nora Roberts' muse!

Good luck getting back on speaking terms with your muse :)

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Take down a favorite volume by one of your favorite authors. Open in the middle and see how that author handled the middle muddles.

Reading from different books of poetry helps me. But I'm a strange one. But if you like poetry, read some favorite verses.

To see how someone paints with words, check out the lyrics to this Thea Gilmore song :

Just some thoughts. Hope your muse forgives you and visits with gifts. Roland

Jules said...

OMG, LOL this was great. I must say though I have no muse just a warped mind. Thanks for the giggles.

Eric W. Trant said...

Would you rather write five mediocre books a year?

Or one great book every five years?

Maybe that's the question you should ask that little muse who won't put out like you want.

- Eric

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