Wow, it seems like contests are all about these days! I have two more to share that are too cool for words! (Did you like how I used two, too and to in the same sentence?) Okay, first Beth Revis is having a wonderful giveaway to celebrate her MAJOR book deal! (Yes, she just sold her debut series, and it's YA sci/fi which is one of my very favorite genres in the whole world!) Anyway, she is giving away two prize packs: one for writers and one for readers. Let me tell you, I would be happy to have either one, but of course I'm chomping at the bit for the writer one:) The contest ends April 3, but I highly suggest you enter now. Cause if you wait and you're like me you just might forget and that would be awful! The second fantabulous contest is from Sara at The Babbling Flow of a Fledgling Scribbler. She is giving away 12 prizes combined into five packages, so that means there will be five winners! Her contest ends March 22, so enter today!
Now for the post:) We all talk about her (or him if that's your thing). Ya know, the ever-elusive muse. The fickle creature that shows up on a whim and can make your writing session a dream of effortless creativity and singing prose or a tortuous event that makes you want to pull out your hair rather than try to squeeze out one more word. So what is the magic formula? How do you get her to sit by your side and whisper sweet nothings in your ear so you can happily type away? Well, if I knew the answer to that I would be writing 24/7.
I've been guilty of saying "I can't write today because I'm not inspired." Or "The muse isn't with me." Or my personal favorite "I don't know what to write cause I'm stuck." Any way you look at it, it all comes down to the fact that something is holding you back. I think that's why so many of us blame it on the muse. It's easier to blame something else other than put the responsibility on our own shoulders.
So really, what can you do about it? Well, some things that have worked for me are:
*Take a long walk
*Take a long, hot shower (that had my muse positively purring last night!)
*Feed her (mine loves chocolate and Dr Pepper, but you really need to pinpoint what yours is into)
*Read (A lot of bloggy friends suggested this one when was in my slump and it really works)
*Give yourself some time off (take a break for a few days because sometimes putting pressure on the muse is counterproductive)
*Remind yourself that the first draft WILL suck and you can and WILL fix things during revisions (this one is very hard for me to follow)
*Have a brainstorming session with someone you trust (crit partners, spouse, a friend or anyone who could help you with your writing)
So what have you done to keep your muse happy? Is there any one thing that works for you every time? And have you ever tried something that had the opposite effect and made your writing session seem like you were in hades?