Short Story #6 And A Hyperactive Muse

Day 18 Wordcount: 623 (Glint of a Ruin, Short Story #6)

I’m over the half-way point in the May challenge, and I’m now a full 3 days behind. The above wordcount was written during my short lunch break.

I might have achieved a little higher wordcount if it hadn’t been for the Muse. All month it’s been play month. One short story or novelette after another. So much to play in, experiment with, places and people and creatures to visit.

And the Muse wants to be in all of them at once.

This is the great thing about writing. The more one writes, the more the Muse throws ideas. Write even more? Yet more ideas. Until the writer is practically buried in them.

While trying to write on Glint of a Ruin, the Muse threw out ideas and revision notes on not less than 3 other books and ideas. Before I forgot them, and some of them were really good, I had to stop and write them down. Would start writing again, and another idea or brainstorm would go flying by. Out of nowhere!

I mean, really, didn’t the Muse have enough to keep her busy with the story I was trying to write?

But no. Apparently the Muse is better at multi-tasking than most computer systems.

Instead of whittling down the project list of ideas I wanted to write out, I’m going to come out of May with more writing work than ever before. When I grumble about it the Muse smiles sweetly, giggles a little, and throws out some more. As if she’s getting the biggest kick out of it.

I’ve heard other writers lament about the same thing, including long-time professionals. Which is why long-time professional writers don’t worry about running out of ideas. To do that is nearly impossible. Because writing breeds more writing.

Such is the tough life of a writer.

Isn’t it great?!?!


The challenge in question is the Forward Motion May “Story-A- Day” challenge. See my previous post about the rules. The goal is to achieve the 10 short story level.

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Short Story #6 And A Hyperactive Muse

1 thought on “Short Story #6 And A Hyperactive Muse”

  1. While no where near your level, I can relate. Right in the middle of a story and the psychotic witch desides to start throwing images of scenes that have nothing at all to do with what I was working on. I’m afraid there isn’t much we can do about them.


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