Thursday, Aug 25th 2011:
‘QUESTION: Do you have a secret ‘muse’ or ‘inspiration’, one which you would be a little embarrassed about admitting when interviewed about your book (or future book!) or that you feel may affect people’s perception of your book? Question provided by affiliate author David M. Brown
I’m not sure I would call it a muse. Ideas flow into me like water from a faucet. All I have to do is see anything, hear anything, read anything. If I stop and think about what I see, hear, read, then I’ll get so many ideas I don’t even try to write them down. If this is a muse’s work on my behalf, then she/he needs to introduce his/herself to me. Only then, can we be able to work together and I give that being what it deserves in respect and honor.
Sometimes a complete short story will come to me and I’ll sit down and write it as fast as I can. Sometime or some day later, I’ll re-read it and see what I can do toward polishing it. I’ve heard so much about short stories not being popular anymore that I seldom rack my brains or my internet browser to find a market for it.
Mostly I would rather have an idea come to me and me sit down to write on it, than to wait for characters to bludgeon their way into my consciousness and demand to be written into a story. For some reason, characters don’t come to me like that.
I’ve tried sitting down with my book The Weekend Novelist and plan a book, but can’t. I can brainstorm ideas, crimes, troubles, good events, characters, settings, and everything else having to do with writing a novel or short story, but these things are just that: brainstorming lists having no members that come together in my mind into one story.
Do I have a secret muse? I wonder…