You'd think my muse would be stifled, lazy, and indifferent. But no. She's been wild, carefree, and very active. She hasn't abandoned me, despite my neglect. When I least expect it, she shows up...laughing, crying, and chasing the sunset. She consistently taps me on the shoulder, saying, "This can happen. No! THIS can happen. And then this, and then..."
Our muses visit us differently, but mine is most active when I'm:
- Walking: whether it's in the mountains behind my home, or at the local park, this is when my muse comes out to play. I usually shuffle Taylor Swift songs on my iPhone, and submerge myself in love, heartbreak, angst, and happy endings. The phone then becomes a note-taking device.
- Cleaning house: I really hate cleaning my house, but it's a job that must be done. While I'm working through mindless tasks, story kinks have a way of working themselves out. I take notes on story fixes, and then move on to the next bathroom :/
- Watching movies: my muse loves watching movies, no doubt about it. Maybe it's because I'm relaxed and open, or maybe it's because I'm watching how the pros do it. Either way, I usually end up with a slip of notebook paper beside me while I'm watching a good flick.
- Reading: reading sends my muse into a creative frenzy. While I'm reading someone else's work, I undoubtedly have ideas for my own work. Not the same ideas as the author, but still, ideas come to me when I reading. I've resigned myself to using blank sheets of notebook paper as my bookmark, because I know I'll be taking notes. (One piece of paper for my current wip, and another for my next book,which is percolating now)
The trick for me is to be ready and open to capture ideas. Like most writers, I have paper and pencil ready at all times, and I capture these thoughts. I stack them by project so they're ready for me to weave into both books.
How about you? When does your muse come out to play? How do you capture those ideas?