My muse behaves badly. I have a few spare hours, plenty of paper and pencil, and all my chores are done, and I sit at my desk, waiting for inspiration to strike.
Inspiration doesn’t so much strike as limp away, moaning ‘leave me alone, I don’t feel well’. Nothing happens – and as I’ve mentioned before, forcing my muse doesn’t work very well either.
However, come a busy Monday morning, piles of work, no free time for hours, and lots to do, and my muse will suddenly pop cheerily up, screaming ‘I’ve got this great idea!’. And it’s impossible to keep the idea in my head until I have a few spare hours.
It’s not convenient. And I don’t really know how to control my muse to turn up at the correct time and place. (And truth to tell, I’d rather not do that anyway – I rather like the idea that even though my life is surrounded by rules and clocks and chores, my muse runs free!)
I have learnt a few little tricks to keep my muse satisfied. I try to always keep a little bit of paper around me, and a pen – those little notebooks are very handy. Though I have to remember to type them up, or I end up with little scraps of paper stuffed everywhere.
I try to always escape from the office at lunchtime, so I can write then. If it really can’t wait, I have been known to quickly escape to the loo for a quick scribble.
And if I’m stuck without paper, and without time, and I come up with a really good line, I just keep repeating it to myself (silently!) until it’s firmly stuck in my head.
I’m also contemplating getting a Blackberry or an iPhone, so I can quickly type up any ideas I have whilst on the move.
But that’s all I have. So if your muse keeps popping up at odd times – I sympathise – but all I can suggest is – get a good memory, and a little notebook!
Now I have to go – i had a great idea for a story about 2 o’clock this afternoon – and I have to write it before it disappears altogether.