I always hesitate to mention that I’m writing again, because I’m afraid I might lose my muse.
(In barren lands without my muse.)
My muse was imprisoned for quite a while. When this happens, I try to figure out what causes me to get stuck. I think there are a couple of reasons, but today I’m going to focus on one. It’s difficult for me to climb into my character’s head when they have to do something out of my comfort zone. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not good at faking who I am. I know that’s part of being a writer, so it takes me longer than most people to get my work done. It’s a way for me to grow . . . putting myself in these people’s shoes and making different decisions than I would make.
When I wrote Whit’s End, I had one of my characters make many (not all) decisions based on what I might do. The other character had an extra-marital affair, and I found it really difficult to climb into her head to figure out her thought process. On my first go-around with that character, my critique group said that she wasn’t well-rounded enough. After I went back to cut and tweak and edit her story, she started coming together.
I admire authors who can get so clearly into the heads of their antagonist or a character that is very different from themselves. Maybe some day it’ll come easier for me, but somehow, I think it’ll always take me a long time to write because of this issue. I write much slower than all my blogger-author friends. There is another issue that trips me up as well, but I’ll save that for another post.
Some time ago, I took notes for blog posts with deep subjects and wanted to post them. Now that I’m working on my WIP again, finally, I’ve put those unwritten posts on hold. I may be in and out of the blogasphere, too.
How about you? Whether you’re blogger or author of novels, does your muse get imprisoned? Go on vacation? If so, how do you set that muse free? Or, how do you get your muse to leave vacation and get back to work?