I’m writing this blog post on Sunday. And my brain is all over the place. It’s hard to find peace and joy when the world seems chaotic and filled with pain. And writing a holiday novella seems almost impossible.
Though, that is not the topic of this post.
I wanted to talk about fighting your muse. Something I don’t recommend, and something I frequently do as a pantser.
My muse likes to dump ideas on me constantly at inconvenient times and places.
In the middle of writing a story?
My bastard of a muse: “here’s a brilliant and completely unrelated idea.”
My muse: “Have you considered….”
In the shower?”
My Muse: “I am a genius.”
So when do you fight the muse?
It can be dangerous to ignore good ideas. I mean, they’re good. You want to write them.
Some ideas I have to let go because I don’t think they’re mine to write. Others I jot down in my idea notebook (I start a new one every year.) And some, I start immediately because my brain won’t quit.
The key is to know when to battle your muse into submission–like when you have a deadline and don’t have time for a new idea.
And when to go with the flow.
How about you?
Does your muse flood you with ideas at the worst moments?