This week’s quote comes from fantasy writer, Terry Brooks. Brooks is a man with more than 20 New York Times bestsellers to his name and over 21 million books in print – I dare say he knows a thing or two about the craft of writing!
This quote also relates to last week’s ‘Thoughts’ post in the fact that we must take advantage when our muse decides to visit us. We shouldn’t be sitting around, hording ideas and not allowing them to breathe and grow for fear that we’ll never generate another. When your muse visits – and she is always a fickle lady – you must grab hold of her tightly and refuse to let her go.
I have always found my muse the most bewitching of mistresses, often visiting me at the most inopportune of moments. My muse expects me to drop everything and to command my attention (which is not always a good thing when one is driving, operating heavy machinery etc.). I politely ask her to come back later – when I’m a little less busy, her reply is emphatic: ‘Listen to me now or lose me forever.’
Patience is not a virtue that is associated with the muse, she wants to be heard right here and right now. If you ignore her, she will exact her revenge by refusing to grace your creative front door for a while, reminding you that it is she who is in control and the master of your writing fate.
When the muse visits, you must do everything in your power to convince her to stay around long enough to provide you with the inspiration required to come up with a compelling piece of writing. Offer her tea and biscuits, flowers and candies……Hell, tie her down to a chair if you must. Above all else: MAKE HER STAY!
Because at the end of the day, the undeniable truth is that you need her more than she needs you.