Saturday, July 21, 2012

Speaking With My Muse, Part Two...

You all have to admit, your Muse finds the damndest times to start inspiring you and the same can be said of your characters when they start to speak to you...

When you're trying to fall asleep.

When you're nowhere near your computer and have no notebook and/or pen or even a recorder.

When you're driving!

When you're at work, in the middle of a meeting.

When you're in the shower and just got all soapy.

Seriously, what do you do!?

I was in the middle of my paper route this morning and suddenly started a dialogue between my character that I've been trying to figure out since last night. Nothing meshed, nothing worked. Then I started talking to myself in the car.

It's like I was speaking in tongues... If any other driver had seen me, they would probably assume I was on a cell phone ear bud thingy.

Or not.

So what do you do in a situation like any of the above? Me, I admonished my characters like they were kids acting up in the back seat. Then everything got quiet. I felt bad.

They'll be fine.

I apologized with a chocolate eclair.

What do you do when the Muse strikes you in the oddest of times and places?


Karen Jones Gowen said...

I know lots of people say write it down quick before it goes away, but I find with me if it's really important it doesn't go away. And when I sit down to write it pops up even if I thought I'd forgotten. Amazing the kinds of things that pop up while writing :) The kitty is LOL funny!

Mel Chesley said...

Yes, I'm very thankful that I don't usually forget half of the stuff that comes to me, but sometimes I don't get it quite as right as that first, initial spark. But I do get it!

Yes, loves the kitty. :D

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Mine always gets me in the middle of the night. If I wake up, it takes me hours to fall back asleep because my brain just won't shut off.

Mel Chesley said...

Ooooh yeah, been there done that. I have a hard enough time sleeping as it is, then to be woke up by my characters! I sometimes dream scenes from my book... is that weird?