The moment you realize your Muse has been missing for a few days is never a pleasant one. I tend to spend several days surfing the web and looking at cool pictures, reading random blogs, and mashing the refresh button on Facebook hoping that something interesting will happen. Generally, this behavior just leads to my friends on Facebook complaining about me spamming their news feed and my Klout score falling. Not a single word ends up being written when I get into these odd little funks.
Today, I had the realization that my Muse was on vacation again. So I went searching for her. I searched on Facebook, I Googled her, I searched for her among the dust bunnies under my cupboards, and I poured through my text message (SMS) inbox. Low and behold, she was nowhere to be found.
Defeated, I went back to my ever-so-handy web browsing. Link hopping on Google landed me on an entire page full of quotes about writing. There she was, sitting between a heap of writing quotes that made me laugh out loud and a slew of writing quotes meant to inspire.
I’m not sure if it was the influx of oxygen to my brain from the laughing or if the motivational quotes actually did their job, but suddenly my Muse was back and upset that I had been ignoring her. The rush of creativity that hit me was almost too much to keep up with. I got home from work two hours ago and I’ve written 1,500 words in my current revision of my novel and this blog post.
All in all, not such a bad day, right?
After thinking about it, I have decided to undertake an experiment. From now on, when I find myself aimlessly wandering through cyber-land, I’m going to give my wandering a little bit of focus. Instead of just link hopping, I’ll limit myself to pictures, websites, Facebook posts and blogs about writing. I spend more time looking at pictures of cats than I do at work every day. It’s become a terrible habit and it has become evident in my writing (or lack thereof).
I’m hoping that this new shift in behavior will prove to be beneficial for me AND the people who depend on me to give them life on the page. If any of you have any advice on how to give your Muse a megaphone when your ears stop working, comments are more than welcome!
As always, happy writing!