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?

13 comments:

  1. It does seem like inspiration strikes at the most inopportune times, doesn't it?! Inspiration always seems to strike whenever I'm most relaxed- driving, just about to fall asleep, staring out the window, brushing my teeth.

    Happy New Year, Saumya!

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  2. I think the busier you are, more it fires up. I'm not saying you can't get inspiration just sitting somewhere (or my worst place, in the middle of the night) but it just seems the muse becomes happier the busier I am, especially if there are interesting things to take in. D*mn us writers!

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  3. My muse strikes when I have an exam the next morning. Always. I think it knows exactly when I don't have time to breath and, sadistic that it is, decides that those are the best time to be productive. ;)

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  4. My muse strikes at the most inconvenient times. Like when I'm about to fall asleep, or if I'm rushing around doing something really important, or when I'm all cozy and relaxed and reading somebody's else's book...

    She's so irritating! But it's better than not having her around at all. :)

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  5. My muse usually strikes when I least expect it, which is often after I've given up trying to get it to appear.

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  6. Often when I'm driving. I should remember to carry a recorder.

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  7. The muse visits when I'm in the shower. Inconvenient, but you can't choose ... BTW I have an award for you over on my blog, assuming you don't have this one yet :)
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  8. For me it strikes pretty much anywhere... normally when it's least accomodating. At work between the hours of 6am-10am is when I could really write. Then when I get home I REALLY have to PUSH myself. But it's worth it, and the more I write the more inspiration comes!

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  9. I can almost never turn off my muse. She's always lurking. It's quite annoying sometimes!

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  10. Ha, my muse is as sneaky as yours. Her favourite time? While I was in the gym. So what did I do? I quit the gym, mwahahaha take that stupid Muse!
    But anyway, hurray for Indian new year!! Dhanyabad for sharing!(is that right? One of my characters is Indian actually, that's how I know, she's a Vaishya.)

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  11. Sometimes I can get bombarded with so many ideas. Other times, I feel like I can't even produce a paragraph.

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  12. I'm absolutely incapable of shutting my writing brain off. It happens even when I'm when I'm watching movies or television shows and my mind spins ideas of how *I* would have written it instead.

    FYI, Now thanks to you and the picture on your header I am soooo wanting Starbucks right now!

    Oh, and happy belated Diwali

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  13. My muse strikes when I am taking a shower... always. It is so frustrating that I can't just grab a laptop or pen and paper for that matter and sit down to write the thought! Urrrgh!!

    [On a different note, HOLY SMOKES! You got the same pair of shoes?? Whoa... Aren't they comfy!?]

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