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February 06, 2012


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great suggestions!

Donna Cummings

Thanks, Sabrina. I hope they help. :)


I like these ideas! Sometimes when I've done #2: Fix the Easy Stuff, I've been surprised by some actual writing. The Muse is sneaky that way. LOL


My muse is a bit like the genie in a bottle ..... a scotch bottle.
When my creativity runs dry I release him by opening the bottle! LOL

I like your remedies as well Donna, especially the 'take time to play'.
Whenever I start a new project or tackle a new problem, I always play with it a bit before attacking in earnest. A bit like a kitten with a ball of wool.

Come to think,I may roar like a lion at times, but I'm just a cuddly pussy cat at heart.
Except when I release my muse.

I will definitely join your tune up .... especially if its the playtime bit. LOL

Donna Cummings

Melissa, the muse is incredibly sneaky. LOL I think Endora likes switching gears on me like that, to see if I can keep up. I'm gonna give her a good test today--I've got lots of things I'm working on. :)

Donna Cummings

Q, I love the genie in the scotch bottle. LOL How could you NOT be creative when you've got that for an ally?

I think we overlook the playtime too much. We feel like we have to always work, and that's not true. A lot of great ideas spring forth when we're relaxed and involved in leisurely activities, yet somehow guilt forces us away from those very productive things.

So bring that genie over and we'll schedule a play date. LOL


Hi Donna,

When I was having a bit of a creative block not too long ago, a friend suggested I go through the manuscript and look for new places to end/begin chapters (something I needed to do). Just taking the time to "fix that easy stuff" tossed me back into the creative fold. :)

Looking forward to reading more of your posts. Found you today via Les Edgerton's blog site.

Donna Cummings

Hi Mstracybrown -- thanks for stopping by!

It's amazing how focusing on "the easy stuff" gets our brains back into gear. And changing the endings and beginnings of chapters is a perfect thing to do, since it can alter the story in a huge way. Once that happens, it IS hard to stay away from the writing. :)

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