THAT LITTLE SNOT OF A MUSE & HOW SHE MESSES WITH MY WRITING SCHEDULE
Hello there! Thanks for having me over to your blog to talk about my little snot of a muse. Well, in all fairness, I suppose that’s not a fair title any longer. She was a horrible snot who has since been wrestled into my writing schedule and made to follow the rules. And today, I’m going to tell you all about her!
The trouble with muses—any writer will tell ya—is that they can be lazy. Muses often have terrible work ethics, writing a brilliant line or five thousand here and there, but they rarely want to finish an entire book. They prefer to write scenes and then leave them scattered all over the manuscript, so you have to gather them all up and figure out how to tie them all together. Muses are lovely, creative little harpies that stir up a lot of trouble in a writer’s life when not managed properly.
Once I quit my out-of-house job to stay home and write, I got a quick and nasty dose of just how slothful my muse could be. Mine wanted to hang out on the couch and binge Netflix all day. Or she wanted to paint her nails different colors all afternoon, or post homemade LOL CATZ pics on Facebook all day. She even wanted to do housework and be called Muserella when I asked her to sit down and work on my stories. Ugh. I caught her one too many times out on the patio eating cookies with the excuse that she ‘didn’t want to get crumbs in the laptop”. Whatever. I bought her a keyboard skin.
Me and my muse’s working relationship had to change drastically, so I came up with a schedule. Mornings now, I usually get up, do all the boring start-the-day stuff, and then take my muse for a four mile walk. It mellows her out. We listen to the current manuscript playlist to get us in the mood or call writer friends that won’t hang up on me at insane hours.
Once home, my muse and I get down to business. On solid writing days, I can usually count on getting 2500 word count, sometimes more. Most days, however, are a mix of social media, promotional work, and writing. Sometimes I’m making covers, emailing, running errands to my P.O. Box or shipping out orders. Those days, I strive to have a 2K word count at the end, but sometimes it is less. I’m not a stickler, as long as the “or less” days don’t drag out too much.
I work from around 9 or 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. with lunch thrown in (usually eaten over my laptop). In the evening, it’s back to checking social media, writing what needs to be written, etc. I work until about 9 or 10 p.m., unless something’s really pressing or I’m having a blast—then it’s a pot or two of coffee and on until dawn.
As far as the muse goes, her attendance is mandatory. I feed her with playlists, breaks to work on covers or memes, phone calls to author friends…but she’s got to be present at the push of a keyboard letter. That’s the way it is when you are writing for a living…time is money.
So, there it is. I wrestle my muse into running shoes each morning and off we go. But don’t worry any…she loves the job as much as I do. 🙂
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