Thursday, January 10, 2008

Inspiraton and the Missing Muse

Katherine O Connor has researched some interesting stuff about inspiration. I am more inclined to be looking for the missing muse, I guess I am not as optimistic as Kathy.

Kathy writes: "writing is such an uphill climb that I wanted to share what keeps me going.

1) Getting up in the morning and knowing Margaret Blake is already hard at work on her novel and has been for several hours.

2) Knowing my friend Maggie is willing to read a first draft of whatever I'm working on and offer good advice

3) I also I have a few quotes which I find uplifting.

"You develop a style from writing a lot, " Kurt Vonnegut

"The first chapter sells the book. The last chapter sells the next book" Mickey Spillane

"There is no great writing only great rewriting," Louis Brandeis

"The best time to plan a book is while doing the dishes,"Agatha Christie.

"If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere, "Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Those are fantastic, I love the Spillane quote so much.

As for me, well I am looking for my muse to finish those 1000 words that just will not come - but I am in good company.

O for a muse of fire
that would ascend
The brightest heaven of invention


Give me a spark of nature's fire
That's a' the learning I desire;
Then, tho' I trudge thro' dub an' mire
at plough or cart
My muse tho' hamely in attire
May touch my heart

Robert Burns

I guess the latter is where I am right at this moment

Ta ta for now

Margaret Blake.

1 comment:

Kathleen said...

I like the Spillane quote too.