Luring Your Muse Home

“It matters what you do when you are in your writer’s space.” ~~~ Eric Maisel

Fresh flowers, a candle, a cup of coffee or tea, and my computer. These are the items I am using to convince my muse to return. I am setting the stage for my muse. They help me to honor my writing and my writer’s space.

Lately, I’ve been struggling with making time for my writing. Too many distractions have come my way and I’ve allowed them to bleed into my writing time. Last night, I spent time online with other writers who were finding productive time with their manuscripts, and I realized I had to do something. My desk was piled high with papers. My office was beginning to show signs of serious neglect. Was it any wonder I was having problems with spending time with my precious manuscript?

I remembered a friend once telling me that she always bought herself flowers, lit a candle and set out her work for the day. So, last night after I managed to get some journaling done while everyone else was being prolific with their work, I set to cleaning off my work space and preparing it for this morning.

Space is important to writers. Only one of many writers, including Virginia Woolf and Natalie Goldberg, who have written books on the writer’s space, Eric Maisel’s book entitled A Writer’s Space helped me to understand why I’m struggling with bringing my muse home. Neither of us wanted to be in that cluttered space to work. I was not honoring my writing space. I used it to answer emails, surf the internet and pretend I was working. I was shifting papers from one place to another, unable to locate or focus on any one topic. Contrary to what many people say, stacking papers is not a viable filing system.

I had sent my muse packing, and only I could bring her home. I coaxed her with the candles and flowers, but I had to be the one to demonstrate that I am serious about my writing if I want her to stay in this space. So I now sit at my computer, writing this missive in the hopes she will return and help me through the dark moments of scene building. Although my email is calling me, I will chose to refuse giving into its call and turn it off until I’ve managed to get the problems solved in my current scene.

I moved from passively letting time control me to actively controlling it. I lit my candle this morning and I did my morning journaling. Then I set to write this blog in the hopes it may help someone else who is struggling to get their muse to visit their space. Now, it is time for me to bring my muse back into my honored writing space.

How do you coax your muse back home after pushing her away?