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MY SPACE DIED

If you read my blog last week, you know I began to dissect my life, trying to learn what is crushing my muse and acting on the beasts. One of the things was my writing space.  With the pool closed and the last tomato is picked and the weather is turning frosty, my writing spaces has moved back indoors. The grandkids who live with rule 90 % of the house, which made me retreat to my and what I discovered was not good. NOT AT ALL.

Sometime over the past spring and summer my Zen space became a storage area. With a bathroom remodel the stuff had to go somewhere. Yuck. The dust and clutter. They do nothing to help my muse, so I spent the better half of one day sorting and cleaning until I felt my muse say, “Okay. It’s doable. We can start the book, but we’re not done here.”

I love writing outdoors, but when the weather doesn’t allow me to, I need a space that doesn’t remind me that I have a list housework to get done. I need a space that inspires me to dream of another world and especially the two humans living in it. (our characters are real to us, no?)

If you haven’t learned this yet, you must. Everyone single person in this world is unique, perceives things differently, and has distinctive ways of learning and when we’re writing we’re learning about are characters lives. Some of us are visual people. They might want to color-code files to differentiate topics. Indulge in colored pens, highlighters, paper and index cards. Paint the walls of their creative space with vibrant, exciting colors. Or hang vacation pictures, or pictures of your characters and your story’s settings. They might try, with a pencil in hand, brainstorming, diagraming or just doodling while visualizing the next scene.

Some of us auditory people. We need music! Crank it up.  Or open the windows and enjoy the sounds of the world. Even family activity can keep you focus, so keep that office door cracked. This type might pack up their writing and head out to a café or library. They also can meet or call a friend and talk out their story plot.

Kinesthetic people rely on touch to trigger their muse, so tactile toys are ads to tickling their muses. They should select textured desk accessories. Mixed them up. Experiment with different kinds of paper and pens. For them, motion is a cure for writer’s block, so take a walk.  

I’ve found that I’m a little bit of all three types. I can’t learn simply by watching or listening and I’m definitely not the type to sit in my chair for long periods of time. Doing so, puts a strangle hold on my muse.  To keep my muse excited, I need to change things up now and then which means I’ll write in different locations in my home, but I can’t do the café thing. Not me. I’ve tried. I’ve written while standing at my kitchen counter or sitting on the floor next to sliding doors with the sun shining down on me. I can walk for twenty minutes and then come back and knock out a couple hundred words in the next twenty. I love free writing with a pad and pencil. Not a pen. Pens restrict me. The words seem too irrevocable. Nuts, I know. But I am who I am.

In my office, my walls are painted yellow. I love plants so there a few of them.  Pictures of family and friends are everywhere. My awards are mixed in with my keeper books, and some awesome reviews and inspiring quotes are posted near my laptop. I have a bulletin board filled with character and setting pictures for my current work. Pictures of my past characters adore another area.

I burn lemon or jasmine candles because the scents inspire creativity. And sounds, my muse feeds on classical and new age music, and believe it or not, listening to the sounds of baseball or football games. (I think this stems from a time when I’d sit at my children’s practices and work on my next story.)

Touch. I come up with the best ideas in the shower. Something about the water hitting my body, releases the etorphines.

To create a space for you, first think about how you learn and then try different things to arouse your muse.     

How have you learned to stimulate your muse?  

 

  www.autumnjordon.com

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