Murphy and your muse are surely conspiring with one another. At least, that’s the case with my muse. The evidence is in.
I didn’t have any writing ideas all morning. One minute after driving away from the house, my muse gave me a great idea for a poem. (I’ll probably butcher the idea when I try to write the poem, but that’s beside the point.)
Fortunately, I have a pen in the car. (Learned from experience.) But not paper. (Perhaps I didn’t learn my lesson well enough.) But we writers are resourceful; I have plenty of napkins.
Now I just need to wait for a red light, traffic jam, funeral procession (now there’s a poor soul whose problem is much greater than my own), train, road construction, or one of the many delays that I ordinarily encounter virtually every time I drive anywhere.
But this wasn’t any ordinary drive. I wanted a red light. I just needed a few seconds to scribble down some words.
Green light. Green light. Green light. Ah, finally a red light. Where’s that napkin? Hey, it’s green already!
Meanwhile, my muse is feeding me more and more ideas for the poem. Then I get an idea for my blog. Then I get another idea for my blog. I know if I don’t write these down, it will anger my muse. She doesn’t like to repeat herself.
Where are all the red lights? How is it possible not to get a red light when you want one? I once drove 70 miles, getting every one of several lights red in two different cities. Oh, but that day I had been in a hurry.
I did manage to reach my destination and jot down some notes on a napkin. Then I went into the restaurant, only to think of yet another idea, with my napkin and pen back in the car.
Very funny, muse. We all know that muses have a great sense of humor. They really put the muse in amusement.
Of course, this isn’t the only evidence. We have storage rooms full of it.
Your muse and Murphy’s law: They’re definitely in on it together.
What has your muse done to you lately?
Chris McMullen, author of A Detailed Guide to Self-Publishing with Amazon and Other Online Booksellers, Vol. 1 (formatting/publishing) and Vol. 2 (packaging/marketing)