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    My muse is missing

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Terri, Mar 7, 2011.

    Just that. Suggestions anyone???
     
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    Love ya terri
     
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    I find a butterfly net and a trap of a bowl of honey works wonders. :)

    or a walk in the fresh air, reading a good book, or going to see an exciting film. :D
     
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    Well, as long as it's on vacation, might as well have a beer or three. Unless you have one of those muses that starts berating you when you ignore it, it's not going to help.
     
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    Have you tried looking under or behind your couch? I've found many CD's hidden/lost in those places.

    In all seriousness I've found that giving it a day or two and just day dreaming, "empty boxing" (the art of being completely empty in the head, blank mind), and reading help me to get back into the groove.
     
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    I'd love to be an 'empty head' or have a few drinks. Heck a movie would be lovely! Unfortunately I'm a mom w/ 2 toddlers (1 still nursing). I don't get out much.
    They're in bed now - I'll go for for that book. Now, which one on my shelves haven't I read in awhile...?
     
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    Oh, showers are REALLY good too, because you're all alone with nothing much to think about, and there is almost no way to write down your ideas without specialist equipment. :p
     
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    What kind of muse was it?
     
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    Mine is missing too, though i can still feel his angst as I pass the time listening to Steve King's short stories.

    I am half hoping he finds another job, then I can hire another idealistic prospect off craigslist.

    Only .001 cents a word! Service with a smile! :)
     
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    This is a ransom note. I have your muses! If you ever want to see them again you will give me five thousand internets or i will proceed to feed the muses nothing but Red Bull and Butterfingers for 24 hours straight, then unleash them upon the world!

    You don't want that horror on your conscience do you? Do you!?

    :D
     
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    No. Your muse isn't missing. It's there.

    Just make sure you're tuned to "the right channel."
     
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    Reading works, even your own stories which you think is fabulous and others have agreed too :)
     
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    Juat keep on writing because you want to be sure you sitting at the keyboard with you writing habits intact, writing once it comes back again.

    And you can always ask yourself:
    Have my habits changed in some way?
    Is my life more stressful then normal?
    Do I sleep well?
    Do I eat well? Getting enough fluids?
    Do I get any physical exercise?

    All of that and a lot more stuff can effect your creativity.
     
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    It's not missing - it's just gone walkabout. It'll be back when you least expect it.

    But you have to let go of it a bit. The more you worry, the longer it'll be away.
     
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    Just keep it out of my garden lol

    Seriously you have two young kiddies best way to get it back is take time for Terri something I suspect is in short supply. I have three (which is oddly easier that two) - there are days I can't remember my own name or where I put my house keys never mind where I put a muse :)
     
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    They're in the jug on the top of the freezer.
     
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    lol Probably in the jug IN the freezer :)
     
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    I'll be going to PA to visit my parents for two weeks. NO INTERNET. Good 'ol pen & paper might bring the punk back. She prefers those over a keyboard anyway.
     
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    Hi Terri

    Your muse is missing - well don't look at me, I haven't got it, and that's for sure.
     
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    Muses are women. I suggest baiting them with chocolate.
     
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    I came up with an idea that a muse's physical form is a metaphor for how it works.

    Butterfly muses bring stories that "burst forth" whether you want them to or not.

    My dragon muse often goes into powerdives and I just gotta hold on for the ride, screaming all of the way. Sometimes my muse tries to eat me and I gotta get my girdle around it. Sometimes it goes into egg form and acts like the butterfly muses.

    Maybe your muse is just using a lesser aspect of its nature.
     
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    There once was a writer named Flame
    To whom writing was ne'er much more than a game
    She'd never sit down and work,
    Found a reasons a'plenty to shirk,
    Then ended up giving her muse all the blame.
     
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    That makes a lot of sense. Maybe for some people, the muse is always a dragon, but from time to time the dragon wants to sleep. Or hibernate. Toting around a willful artist can quickly get tiresome. I like this idea though... a physical representation of a muse would be easier to deal with than a foggy, ambiguous life-form.
     
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    Well, she's returned enough to whisper in my ear & help me chop down & revise a short story into flash. Now if the editor who recommended those changes will like what I've done...
    I'll be happy with little miss muse once again. ;)
    Cross your fingers for me, folks. This could be my first publication.
     
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    If it's missing.... Read a book. Pick up something you don't normally read, nonfiction, science-fiction, fantasy, something, anything, just pick it up and read. Anything. Hell, a newspaper, even. Something may kick-start an idea. My High School History book just helped me out...
     

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