Sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Welcome your muse. Sure, that’s a no-brainer. What writer wouldn’t welcome the inspiration that makes their creative process possible? Well, what about those days when you don’t make time to write? When you don’t write down those amazing dreams/brainstorms/daydreams/wild imaginings? When you don’t eat, sleep, exercise, take care of yourself and allow yourself time to think, plan and write? What about simply getting bogged down in daily life and neglecting your muse and your writing endeavors?
All of those things are shutting out your muse. And trust me, you really don’t want to ignore her because muses can be fickle creatures. If your muse if talking to you, inspiring you, sending brilliant (or even not so brilliant ideas your way) welcome her and make space in your day for her.
If you find your muse has taken a long round-the-world vacation without you, it might be time to woo her back. You can write without your muse, but in my experience the resultant works always seem flat and heavy. Whatever that spark of imagination is that gives us inspiration is vital to writing. It makes the work of creating fun and fulfilling.
So perhaps you realize you’ve done the unthinkable and banished your muse by your carelessness. How do you bring her back and encourage her to stay put? It’s not as tough as it might sound: make time for your muse. Make her a priority in your life. OK, you say. Sounds good, but how exactly do I do that? Perhaps it means cutting back on cleaning or streamlining chores, hiring a babysitter, or getting more ready-to-serve meals, whatever it takes to give you that extra time. Figure out what will work for you, but you need to make your writing a priority.
If you’re like me, you don’t write because it’s fun or because one day you want to be published; you write because you HAVE to, because the characters in your head just won’t shut up unless and until you tell their stories. But we still deal with all the normal day-to-day responsibilities that everyone has. We writers need to create a way incorporate our writing (or painting, crafting, sewing, decoupaging, sculpting, potting, whatever) time into our daily life. For me, a simple phrase ‘Welcome Your Muse’ is a good shorthand reminder to do just that.