Remember, that writing prompt that I shared about a Fae Warrior world? Well, I feel torn between two worlds. My head is going back and forth between the Fae and the granddaughter in Paris. I feel like I’m in a literary tennis match. I don’t know which muse will win.
One thing I’ve learned over the years is not to fight my muses because those moments of inspiration might not return again. If you find yourself struggling and juggling, just go with it. One voice might be stronger one day and the other the next. It’s okay. No need to have a war of the worlds, unless you’re going to write it.
Bursts of energy and creativity are a gift that don’t always show up at the right time. Like life, they most likely turn up at the most inconvenient time. I just let out a sigh, and say, “Okay, I guess this is what we’re doing.” The fact that I don’t have to force myself to sit in the chair and feel like I’m dragging my pen across the pages is a better place to be.
The question is can the bursts of inspiration be controlled so that they don’t wake you up several times in the middle of the night? Not really but there’s hope. It’s one of the reasons creating a routine for creative brainstorming will help harness them. I’ve also learned to keep my notebook outside of my bedroom so their less likely to wake me up.
Brainstorming in the morning or afternoon might help tire out your muses so that they sleep when you do. The point is empty out all that energy throughout the day so that there’s no ink in that pen. Setting a schedule allows time to get all your words out on paper and keeping it consistent is like setting a trigger for your brain. Your brain learns when to stop and start.
Add in a writing prompt or exercise into the schedule, and you reinforce another trigger but this one can be used at any time. There might not be a real on/off switch for our brains but we can can prompt it. How else have we learned to do anything as humans?
I might still be torn between two stories but at least I have them on a writing schedule. Don’t find your muses this week and go with it today.
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