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Jane Yolen on Writing
This is a lovely collection of thoughts about writing.

I was particularly charmed by the idea of the muse being out in the woods when the writer is at the keyboard.  And then I thought ... if the muse isn't in your office, maybe you shouldn't be either.  Where is your muse -- in the woods, in a museum, in a bookstore?  Go find her.  There you'll find the thread of the story you had lost. 

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msstacy13 From: msstacy13 Date: April 9th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
for several years, i had an imaginary girlfriend/lesbo muse,
but she left me last year...
i think it's a sign of improved mental health,
although i did feel like the ventriloquist whose dummy left him...
valarltd From: valarltd Date: April 9th, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
My muses tend to vacation in Aruba. I tend to be stuck in Memphis awaiting their return.

So, like a Vogon, I push onward. "Evolution, who needs it?" And 15 minutes a day per story usually ticks them off enough they come back with all kinds of new ideas.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 9th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC) (Link)


Oh dear, how pesky of them!

Sometimes my muses wander far, afar ... but for me, if I can't go there in person, research usually scratches the itch well enough for us to get back to work. YMMV.
endlessrarities From: endlessrarities Date: April 9th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
My muse is wherever I'm not!

When I'm at work, I want to write. When I ride my bike, I want to write. When I'm in the garden weeding, I want to write.

Then when I grab the computer, it slinks out of the door and sits there sniggering...
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 9th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC) (Link)


Yeah, that can happen.
endlessrarities From: endlessrarities Date: April 9th, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Incidentally, I just followed the link and read the article you flagged up. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and yes, it made me feel a whole lot better about the things I can and can't control, like publishers, and editors and getting the damned thing written in the first place...
From: mmegaera Date: April 13th, 2010 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)
My muse is a 1940s bathing beauty in a red swimsuit. Don't know why that is.

And she'll sit on the edge of the pool in my brain and splash water at me with her toes. It's most annoying [g].

So then I take my netbook elsewhere, and she's happy to go with me and behave. I write best everywhere but home.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 13th, 2010 05:41 am (UTC) (Link)


What a cool image!
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