Reconnecting with the passion this week has been a wonderful journey. It’s not done yet but it was enough that got the muse back for the moment. I just needed not to write in order to write.
Right now, I’m suffering from feed overload on the Net. I’ve chosen the ROSOSO feedreader and see how it will go. It already has 20 feeds of writers’ blogs that I plan to follow and next week, sort the drivel and whettle them down to maybe 10.
I’ve noticed this pattern of writers looking for their muses (and I thought mine was the only one who’s gone awol!). Maybe they’re at a Muse Group Therapy Session or something. Venting their wrath on their unproductive masters.
Writers Bore vs Writers Block (or, procrastination vs fear of getting it right)– Amy’s muse ditches her in the middle of the story. She’s still waiting….
Read it One Sitting, Another Procrastination Excuse– Amanda tries to read her novel in one sitting and failing.
How Can You Read This? (You Don’t Even Exist) – Mathew Dryden introduces his muse and guess what ? She’s real.
I thought I was alone. It’s such a comfort knowing that other writers are suffering from MUSE DESERTER SYNDROME or MDS. Thanks to Amy’s Fiction Friday for giving story links that brought my muse back. She’s not done yet with muse group therapy in Hawaii though. Something to do with anger management. Damn it.
Finding Your Muse
This was an uber excellent podcast that totally helped me get reconnected with my own muse and got me raring to get back at my short story again. I’d recommend this with any muse-less writer.
This particular author’s muse happened to be Amy Tan. The picture, not the real writer. Here the writer, Rita Schiano talked about this funny scene where they even fought together and she had to shut the picture up in a drawer and put a pile of notebooks above her just to shut her up.
At least my muse and I never had that kind of fall-out. We just go into The Cold War. 😦
Deep at its heart is also a weave of stories from the author’s life. Her book was a fictionalized account of her investigation of her father’s murder. The podcast also posed questions like what would you do if your muse gets ornery or should you plow through writing even if your muse is absent? Rita Schiano talked with such passion for the sacred craft. The podcast also has some surprising revelations and twists. This talk has thrilled me, touched me and inspired me to the very core.
200 Writing Quotes– Another ploy to inspire and lure your muse back. Works like a siren’s song.
Passionate Writers Wanted: No Posers Allowed: This is a deep heartfelt post from a truly driven writer to always write with passion, to write from the heart. Good stuff!
What else is going on in the writing world and other links:
Wrideo– Digg for Writers! Finally a site specifically for writers by writers. I’ve also added the Wrideo’s share button at the end of the post and pasted a copy of their code below my post so you can copy them or you can get it at their website. For WordPress.com users, it’s pretty easy. Just switch your editor to HTML mode and paste the code at the bottom of your entry. Done!
Write-to-done has a Writing Workshop for this month. Go over there and post your work and invite other writers to critique and give you feedback.
The Writing Show– Podcasts for Writers
The Book Show– another podcast show for authors from Australia.
Meet The Writers– Barnes and Nobles’ interviews with their novelists.
NO– a thoughtful essay on rejection letters by an editor
This is a literary piece from Kenyon Review where Flannery O’Connor first published her short stories. It’s a beautiful insightful essay by an editor and he gets rejected too! Here’s an excerpt taken from the middle of the piece. Warning: Spoiler Alert.
Why do editors say no, anyway? Well, I cannot, of course, speak for All Editors, and I cannot even properly speak for myself, because I reject some pieces from a murky inarticulate intuitive conviction that they’re just not our speed, but there are some general truths to note. We say no because we don’t print that sort of material. We say no because we have printed eleven pieces of just that sort in the past year alone. We say no because the writing is poor, muddled, shallow, shrill, incoherent, solipsistic, or insane……We say no sometimes because we have said yes too much and there are more than twenty pieces in the hopper and none of them will see the light of day for months and the last of the ones waiting may be in the hopper for more than two years, which will lead to wailing and the gnashing of teeth.
Now I didn’t know there were that many reasons to get rejected. My beliefs used to be: 1) the story’s just not right for the magazine and 2) you suck. I was greatly comforted by the last line that says they’ve got too many pieces in the pending pile and none of them might see the daylight for eons. So yes, your story is still good but we’ve got too many other good stories in our hands right now and we don’t want to get you into trouble waiting for an eternity to get published. In which the writer in me will then scream, “But you see, I don’t care if I wait for 10 years. I just want to get published!”
He also gave an example of the best rejection letter there is. And I just wish that every magazine or agent would give this sort to writers instead of the generic liner, “We regret to inform you….”. That way they can mend lives, broken families, soothe the bruised ego and still revive the urge to write again and again.
……..but I still have enduring affection for the creative no, such as this gem sent to a writer by a Chinese publication: “We have read your manuscript with boundless delight, and if we were to publish your paper, it would be impossible for us to publish any work of a lower standard. And, as it is unthinkable that in the next thousand years we shall see its equal, we are, to our regret, compelled to return your divine composition and beg you a thousand times to overlook our short sight and timidity.”
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