Monday, May 21, 2012 | By: Angela Brown

Birthing a Novel with #Writemotivation and a Good Muse

I have a confession to make:

I was so excited, so in a state of bliss with making so much progress with NEVERLOVE that, last week, I panicked.
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Yep.  I saw I was happy, even mentioned it here with you guys.  I found myself under the influence of my muse as I took those first steps on a slight detour from the skeletal outline I have for Abby and Basil's novel version of their story.  Here is where so much of the "pantser" kicks in as part of my "plotser" way of writing.  I liked what was happening.  Could see the pieces of the puzzle clicking together.

And I freaked out!  It was just going too well.

I visited blogs and clung to the remaining bliss I felt at writing NEVERLOVE, but that panic surged, the Queen B of Inner Critics started nagging and suddenly, NEVERLOVE didn't seem like such a good idea.  Thankfully, my muse kicked in like a sneak-a-creep ninja and sliced through the panic before it could take root and rob me of my honeymoon feeling with NEVERLOVE.  Hence, the reason my muse hijacked my blog on Friday.

My muse sat me down, smiled ever so gently, the edges of her lips curling upwards toward the chubbiest, cutest cheeks you ever saw - then slapped me across the face like I was Flint Lockwood from Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and she was the police offer voiced by Mr. T.

It shocked me but it cleared away any residue left by the panic.  Because of my muse's proactive actions, I can report that I've actually made some writing progress.


Goals for May 2012:
1: Complete first draft of NEVERLOVE - Keeping steady
2: Comment to other blogs, at least 20 to 25 a week - Definitely tracking on this one
3. Complete minimum two blog posts a week - Yep on this as well


Although I didn't add it as a goal, I've done some reading as well.  I finished The Mayfair Moon by Jessica Redmerski.  I'll do a special post tomorrow to share my thoughts on this book.

To my muse, Thank You and I'm sorry for that wacky moment.  No promises it won't happen again though lol!!!!

Have you ever had a moment where your muse, a friend or a loved one had to stop you before you lost that joy-joy moment with a first draft?

45 comments:

Maria Zannini said...

We all need a good slap in the head every once in a while.

Every once in a blue moon, I think about quitting writing and doing something else. Then someone talks me out of it. I've yet to decide whether that's a good thing.

Tara Tyler said...

you have a battle in your brain! may the good muse always prevail over the queen b!

Jennifer Pickrell said...

Hurray for your muse!

Angela Brown said...

Yeah, didn't think such a cute little thing could pack such a bang. But I'm glad. I would have hated to frighten myself out of finishing this story just because things seemed to be going to good with the flow of ideas.

And I will hunt you to your homestead if you don't write. Well, not so much hunt as I would beg and plead lol!!!

Angela Brown said...

Oh yeah, it's an ongoing battle. My muse was so good to stick with me.

Angela Brown said...

Agreed! Score's in favor of Muse over Queen B.

Nadja Notariani said...

Ha! It's like Cher from Moonstruck when she slaps Nicholas Cage and yells.., 'Snap out of it!'. We all need that once in awhile. :}

Angela Brown said...

LOL!!! That's definitely a good example of what happened. Just glad she didn't go all Airplane on me and just keep slapping me.

Linda Jackson said...

Angela, your post sounds so familiar. What is it about success that makes us panic??? I'm glad your muse gave you a good slap back to reality. Love Mr. T's Flint Lockwood, btw. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Don't panic! No matter what happens, it will be all right.

Cate Masters said...

The muse and the inner critic are mortal enemies. Let your muse stuff the inner critic in a closet until your first draft's done!

Tyrean Martinson said...

I've definitely had those panic moments before, and thankfully my family keeps me going, and my friends.

LD Masterson said...

I think doing a blog about your writing is a bit like telling your firends you're starting a diet. When you start to falter, just knowing people are waiting for results - and hopefully pulling for you to make it - can carry you over those slump spots.

Christy Farmer said...

Hang in there, Angela! I love how your muse has a voice similar to Mr. T. Too funny! :-)

Angela Brown said...

I'm glad my muse stepped up to the plate when Queen B was about to break me down. Darn you Queen B!!

Susan Oloier said...

We wouldn't be writers if we didn't have those doubts about our work...I think. I'm glad your muse got you back on track, though.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Alex. I'm continuing on :-)

Angela Brown said...

Here! Here! Cate. Grand idea!

Angela Brown said...

It's good to have those "bumpers" in place in case we get a bit off track.

Angela Brown said...

Very true, LD. I think that's why #writemotivation has been so helpful for me.

Angela Brown said...

Yeah, she had to pull out the big guns for this but she quickly changed back to her adorable soothing voice when my drama moment passed :-)

Angela Brown said...

I think you're right, Susan. I'm glad for my muse as well.

Jenn said...

You're doing fabulous on all your goals, I'm so impressed!

The muse is so fickle! She's never around when we want her and she has such a mind of her own. But we'd be lost without her.

Raelyn Barclay said...

ROFLOL...Go Muse!

Angela Brown said...

Thanks Jenn...and you're right :-)

Angela Brown said...

Go Muse, indeed. I think she was channeling Gene's muse with the flaming sword or something lol!!!!

J.L. Campbell said...

Sounds like you're making waves, Angela. At some time or another, we all get a huge helping of doubts. The antidote for me is to push on through even when I don't feel like moving on with the story.

Stephen Tremp said...

Good luck with the draft! And I'm always happy when I write, regardless of the surrounding circumstances. Happy Happy. Joy Joy.

Angela Brown said...

I'm trying, J.L. Luckily, I had the muse to push me forward when that unnecessary panic kicked in.

Angela Brown said...

I'm learning that this happiness thing is a god thing at any stage. Heck, I don't blame you for being happy actually.

Carrie Butler said...

"Thankfully, my muse kicked in like a sneak-a-creep ninja and sliced through the panic before it could take root and rob me of my honeymoon feeling with NEVERLOVE."

And this is why we love you. :D Best of luck!

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

I can usually use a good slap upside of the head! :)

Angela Brown said...

Awwww...Thanks, Carrie. Me and the Muse just shared a blush for that one.

Angela Brown said...

You know, Susanna. I didn't want one, but I sure needed. Apparently, my muse was all too eager to oblige.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Oh, I definitely have these panicky moments! With my current WIP, I was in a state of bliss throughout most of April. Then, I took a step back from the work, looked at it, and thought -- OMG, this is crap. How could I ever have thought this was any good? The plot is dumb, and the characters are wrong. I've stepped outside my genre and people are going to laugh at this.

Luckily, the panic attack was interrupted by an email from a crit partner, responding to the latest chapter I'd sent her. She said, "I think this is the best thing you've written since ____." (She filled in the name of her favorite one of my manuscripts, and since it's my favorite too, I was pleased.

Crisis averted, and I went back to work!

Angela Brown said...

And there you have it. I'm glad your crisis was averted sans the muse-slap :-)

Jolene Perry said...

I go straight up and then straight down with EVERY. SINGLE. BOOK. I. WRITE.

I keep waiting for that to subside, but it doesn't... or at least not yet...

Angela Brown said...

The emotional roller coaster of writing. And yet, we keep at it :-)

And thank you for the compliment regarding the title.

Clarissa Draper said...

I've had those moments and then I just realized that all writers have those moments and so probably I could work it out in edit. Keep going.

M Pax said...

I get it. I'm still going through the 'hate most of the words' phase in a ms. At least, it's not every word any more. Put on blinders, attack one chapter at a time. That's how I slaughter that pest.

Angela Brown said...

It's very helpful to know that these kinds of things happen to others. Doesn't feel so solitary.

Angela Brown said...

Ref: Slaughter the pest

I like that :-)

Leslie Rose said...

My critique partners have open permission to smack me when I start wiggin' out. I've definitely gone through love and hate phases with my work. Ah, the artistic process - a fickle friend.

Angela Brown said...

Yes. I must consider myself lucky that my muse hasn't been as fickle as she could have been :-)

Krispy said...

Yay! I'm glad your muse helped you out of that place. It's so easy to get freaked out that early in the process and get stalled. Glad you're enjoying yourself! Keep going! :D

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