Finally, my muse turns up. She has some fantastic inspiration to give me, and we’re making real progress on our current writing project. The hours fly by. Words come easily. Writing should always be like this!
And then, my muse tells me to stop.
For the last few months worth of Insecure Writer’s Support Group posts, I’ve been turning the floor over to my muse so that she can tell us about her mystical world of imaginary things. So today, I thought I’d ask her: what’s the deal? Why do I have to stop writing just when things are going so well?
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Hello. I’m James’s muse. That means it’s my job to give James that tiny flash of inspiration he needs to start writing. But a good muse (and I like to believe I’m a good muse) concerns herself with more than just writing. She must remain mindful of her writer’s happiness, health, and general well-being.
And that means signaling to our writers when it’s okay to stop.
My writer obsesses over writing schedules, looming deadlines, and word count quotas. As a result, he suffers terrible anxiety whenever he doesn’t live up to his own lofty expectations. He argues with me, telling me I don’t understand the pressure he’s under—whatever that means.
But last week, my writer ran into trouble finishing a blog post for his Solar System series. He wanted to just plow through it. He thought he knew how to fix it. But I told him to relax, and for once, he listened!
As a result, the blog post came out a day behind schedule, but it ended up being one of the best in the whole series (at least in my writer’s opinion).
Creativity only grows in the right environment, and it won’t grow in the mind of a fatigued and frustrated writer. That’s why responsible muses must tell their writers to take breaks, eat nutritious meals, and get a full night’s sleep.
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If you or your muse found today’s post helpful, please let us know in the comments below. Today’s post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, a blog hop hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Click here for more information about I.W.S.G. and to see a full list of participating blogs.