Nancy H. Doyle

Easy reading is damned hard writing. N. Hawthrone

COSMIC AHA!

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I don’t know about your muse, but mine arrives at the damnedest times.

Sometimes, he gives me brain-bursting ideas while I’m hurtling down I-25. I have been known to pull over to record these ideas on my iPod as people blaze past me at 90 miles per hour. What I do for love.

Or, he visits me as I’m falling asleep. He teases me with a lyrical idea guaranteed to make my novel a best seller. I frantically memorize it before I fall asleep but, in the morning, I only remember it if I’m lucky. Most times, I wake knowing there is a great concept in my brain-somewhere.

And, he interrupts me during important projects at work. At least, at work I usually have a paper and pencil nearby.

Signaling my muse is a last resort, because he likes to toy with me. Like my cat, he refuses to appear just because I called. When he does show up he always looks slightly annoyed. Oh, come on, stop whining, he tells me. I have a billion stops to make today, so use what I’m giving you and write it like you love it.

I visualize my muse clearly, as easily as I see the folks in my novel. Arrogant and articulate, my muse is an ageless smart-ass.  (OK, he is one of my characters.) He fills my head with exit strategies from the tangled word messes I make. When he leaves, it’s ok. I never have to worry because, the next time I need him, he’ll have my back. I can count on my muse, as long as I’m patient.

Is your muse a whisper in your mind’s ear or a brush of inspiration from a well-loved outside source? Does your muse take a recognizable form? What does the cosmic aha feel like for you?

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4 thoughts on “COSMIC AHA!

  1. The inspiration while driving thing is the worst. Although perhaps second worst is when my muses bother me during meetings; it’s already hard to concentrate on the boring droning, even worse when my boys are acting up in my head just to cause trouble!

  2. I’ve never visualized my Muse, but I know he/she exists. You give me something to think about. Thanks, Nan

  3. You made me laugh!!! I totally know what you mean. I usually get hit by the best lines while driving or falling asleep. I have lost many great ideas! Now though, I take my phone and record everything I am thinking. No need for paper! :D

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