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For these Insecure Writer’s Support Group posts, I usually like to turn the floor over to my muse. You probably know the spiel: she has something to say, maybe it’s something your muse would like to hear, blah blah blah….
But my muse didn’t show up for work today, and I’m not really sure what to do. I guess… I guess I have to write this post on my own. So… umm… I’m not really sure how to do that.
You know, this is so typical. I’ve known my muse for over a decade now. She first introduced herself by having me write her into a story, and I’ve gotten to know her better through various character development and world building exercises she’s had me do since then. She seems nice enough for a fairy person. At least she’s not one of those Puc-like prankster fairies. She’s warned me about them.
But still, she gets on my nerves sometimes. Our writer/muse relationship has always been super one-sided. When she has a story idea, I have to drop everything I’m doing and go write it down for her. It doesn’t matter if I’m in bed trying to sleep, or if I’m at my day job trying to work, or if I’m out with friends trying to have a social life. I’ve convinced her to wait and be patient if I’m driving, because safety is important; but otherwise if the muse calls, she expects me to answer. No excuses.
But does my muse pay attention to my needs as a writer? No. Does she show up when I need to get a blog post done, or when some other writing deadline is looming, or when I just want to finish up my word count quota for the day? No. Honestly, I don’t often use this kind of language, but my muse can be an insensitive—
Uh oh, here she comes.