Friday, July 2, 2010
My Muse is Refusing to Cooperate!
Problem is my muse has gone in to hibernation leaving me staring at three nearly-completed YA novels. I’ve got all three of them out with beta readers, hoping . . . praying . . . banking on one of them making an insightful comment that will jolt my creative mind back into action. To make it worse, I even know how I want each of these three projects to end. I can hear the characters talking to me though my haze of inaction. But each time I sit down and fire the computer up my mind goes blank, leaving me frustrated, over-caffeinated, and with no outlet for the dozens . . . literally dozens of plot ideas racing through my head.
One of my closest friends told me to lay off the caffeine, that it would make me calmer and thus more likely to tap into my inner muse. But let’s face it – its summer, I have three kids going in seventeen different directions, and company non-stop. Giving up my sacred coffee is sooooo not an option. Ditto goes for my chocolate-covered coffee beans.
So I am open to suggestions. What do you do when your muse refuses to cooperate?