Reluctant Muses

Turns out it’s hard to follow Alpaca Poetry.

Ever had a story you really want to write – premise, characters, setting, the whole nine yards – but something was missing that was keeping you from actual writing.

Aggravating, isn’t it?

As best I can figure, this missing bit is the feeling.  Even that is unnecessarily vague so let’s see if I can explain myself a little better.  I have a story I am planning.  It is the third book in a very loose trilogy.  I have my characters, my setting, the premise.  I know it will be dark fantasy but I can’t seem to put my finger on how it will be dark.

Admittedly a lot of that will be sorted out by actually writing the thing, but I feel like I can’t start until I figure out this…feeling.

No, I am still incomprehensible.  Alas.

I am not sure I believe in the concept of a “muse” – a being or whatever that guides your creativity.  Closest I have is a character that makes snarky commentary in my head about near everything.

But it’s times like this where I wish I did have one, so I could blame my problems on it.

Any advice, Squiders?  What do you do when a story just won’t gel?  The last one I had an issue with took two years to fix itself.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Idunno on 2011/03/29 at 7:01 PM

    I often run into this problem. I know I need to write, but I just don’t wanna. I’ve found that if I force myself to write, to get past the first few awkward sentences, everything starts to flow. Some of my best work has come from writing sessions where I didn’t feel motivated at the beginning.

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  2. I end up leaving ideas alone. If they won’t gel, maybe if they’re given time, things will change. At least in theory, I don’t have to worry about them.

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