One thing I love about writing is the days when the words just flow.
Every sentence you pen down comes out near perfect, first time. Every transition to the next paragraph is effortless, and the ideas and inspiration seem limitless. What started as a blank page is now pages upon pages of pure writing gold!
Then there are the days when you get two words into a new scene and can’t for the life of you think of a third word. It’s like you’ve forgotten what words are. That’s any word. At all.
Your sentences have no flow and your paragraph transitions are clunky. You wonder what could have happened. The Muse has left. Is she on vacation? Did you drive her away with months of endless edits? Did she get bored going over chapter twelve yet again, even though you swore it was finished? Whatever her reasons, you need to lure her back and you need to do it now.
How To Lure Your Muse
Are you too pathetic for this? Not when you have a deadline to meet. Get yourself into a quiet space, close your eyes, and start silently begging, pleading, and Jedi-Mind-Tricking.
Light A Candle
If the Muse hasn’t heard your pleas, signal her with some light. No one can resist the call of the flame. Bonus points for a candle that smells like vanilla or cookies.
If the delicious smelling candle has piqued her interest, seal the deal with chocolate. The creamy, velvety deliciousness of a bar of chocolate should be hard for any Muse to resist. Just don’t eat it all before she shows up.
Promise A Walk
Now on the off chance you have a defective Muse who doesn’t like chocolate (in which case, condolences), you can offer a walk. Get to the woods if you can, or a beach, or body of water—any place that’s inspiring.
After your walk, swing by a coffee shop and spring for a fancy caffeinated brew or pot of steaming tea. If your Muse stands you up, try the next tip.
A Showering Of Gifts
Shower her with gifts. New stationery. A new book to read (after she’s helped you write, of course). Even a new computer if you’re that serious. Gifts that will help you get into the writing mood are sure to work, but if they don’t…
If all else fails, the best trick for luring your Muse is to get a pen, a piece of paper, or a keyboard attached to a computer and write.
You may have to stop and start. The words may not be good. But if you write for long enough, the Muse will show up.
— K.M. Allan