Writers like to complain. Nobody buys my books. Nobody reviews my books. Nobody shares, comments, or retweets my promotional posts. My muse is on vacation.
That last complaint is bullshit. The muse never stops talking, but sometimes we writers stop listening. Here are a few reasons why:
- We’re tired – It’s hard to think straight, much less listen to that creative voice in your head, when you’re worn down from work or lack of sleep.
- We’re distracted – Sometimes life gets in the way. Soccer practice for the children, a new job, problems at work, problems at school, and a thousand other things can keep a writer busy doing anything but writing.
- We’re sick – I don’t know how anyone can write if they have the flu or even a common cold. All I can think about is how bad I feel.
- We’re lazy – Writers like to find excuses not to write. If you’re squandering writing time on cat videos and pictures of your lunch, don’t blame your muse.
- We’re passive – We want the next story idea to pop into our heads while we’re doing laundry or watching a Southpark re-run. It’s usually not that easy.
- We’re emotional – It’s hard to hear your muse when you’re furious, distraught, or even delirious with joy. That’s too much internal noise.
- We’re old – Everything gets a little harder and takes a little longer. Energy levels decline. Budget your energy and work during your peak periods. If you’re a morning person, don’t expect to hear your muse talking late at night.
- We’re scared – Maybe we have nothing left to say. That’s a frightening thought for a writer. The good news is it’s rarely true, so don’t despair.
Now that you’re out of excuses, quit reading this blog and go write something.