Earlier this week Hubby and I took a canoe trip down the river while the kids were in school. It may tick off some of you who are bundled up in snuggies and Uggs right now, but our weather down south has been amazing. Crisp, cool days when the sun feels so good you could fall asleep basking in it. I know you hate me, don't you. ;)
But these are our pleasant months. Soon it will be miserably hot and muggy.
I was reminded on our canoe trip how important it is to "romance" our muses. They need to be coddled and loved and nutured just like a lover would be. It's so easy to get stuck in cyber world and glued to our computers pecking away at our new stories and blog posts. But geez, Louise! Don't you just feel totally blah sometimes from it? My brain turns to mush.
Drifting down the serene river in silence except for the birds was just what my muse needed to feel loved again. I was so inspired by the way the knobby cypress trees refelected in perfect symmetry on the river, and the way that nature forms her own little nooks and crannies in the earth, that I was overflowing with ideas for my next story. I was in writer wonderland ... world building in my head like you wouldn't believe.
My muse said, "Thank you, girl. This is what I'm talkin' about."
Have you romanced your muse lately? Try it. Find the magic in the ice crusted ponds and icicle laden trees. Find inspiration in the blankets of white, sparkling snow. Or if you're like me and snowless, get outside and enjoy the beauty of nature that surrounds us. Your muse will thank you.
On a side note, my friend Beth Fred, formerly of Project 52 and fellow YA writer, has a new website up and needs some lurve. Hop over and give her a follow if you can. She's super nice and will return the favor.
Also, Rachel Harrie of Rach Writes has started the Blogging Crusade! Hop over and sign up so you can enjoy building your platform with other hopeful writers! What a fantastic way to network! Don't miss out.
Do you have any advice to keeping your muse nurtured and happy? Please share!
Have a wonderful weekend!