Wednesday, November 10, 2010
When Does Your Muse Strike?
This past weekend, I was celebrating Diwali (the Indian New Year). It involved a barrage of parties, sweets, singing, phone calls, and family visits. Yay!
I realized that----regardless of the pandemonium---I was always writing. A certain part of my brain remained highly attuned to my novel and ideas kept on creeping into my mind. Words of wisdom from my grandparents? The flickering of candles? The aroma of fresh Chanel No. 5? All elements that could be woven into a piece of writing.
This is why I always use the notepad function on my phone (if I do not have a notebook with me already). Because inspiration seems out of my control. All I can do is clutch it and prevent it from drifting away.
Sometimes this drives me crazy because I cannot turn my "writing brain" off. But overall, I feel blessed to be bitten by inspiration :)
When does your muse strike? Do you have trouble turning off different parts of your brain?