My Muse

The term "muse" has its origins in Greek mythology.  They are the goddesses of inspiration for literature, art and science.  There were nine muses, but one of them, Thalia, was the muse of comedy and pastoral poetry.  Perhaps that explains why I chose Talia as my pen name.  I certainly love a liberal dose of comedy in books, and who doesn't love poems about sheep?

Inspiration tends to strike me at odd moments, often when I'm far away from manuscript.  But every now and then, there's a day when the words seem to come out faster than I can type them, when it truly does feel like a muse sits over my shoulder and guides the way.  Most days though, I'm searching for inspiration.  Here are some places I've found it:

Music:  Listening to songs that evoke a certain tone or emotion can inspire a scene, a character, even a whole book.  I am a firm believer that art inspires art, and I always create a playlist for my work in progress, refining it as I discover more about the characters and the plot.

My Own Life:  They say write what you know, and while most of us do not have the kind of life that makes a riveting memoir, we all have moments and experiences that are unique to us, and that shape the way we see the world.  These moments may be big or small, but they leave strong emotional imprints that can be mined in a scene.   Oftentimes, these completely original moments can elevate a story from cliche to completely your own.

Characters are Everywhere:  Sometimes it helps me to cast a story with real life players.  Sometimes I'll picture a particular actress in a a role as I 'm writing.  Some smaller characters might be based on people I've seen real life.  A lot of their hobbies, attitudes and wardrobes are borrowed from people I know.

Craft Books:  When I'm brainstorming plots or new book ideas, I love to spend time reviewing craft books about writing.  I always approach my writing with new energy afterward.

The Muses:   Supportive writing friends always inspire me.  I am inspired by their ability to push through the hard parts of this business, and their incredible talent.  But they're also the ones that will remind me that it's okay to right a horrible first draft, and tell me when something is not working.  Seriously, if you don't have a writing group, get one!

The Characters:  This is my favorite kind of muse.  When the characters become so fully formed that they dictate their own role in your story. 

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