When the words are stilted, like a stubbed toe limp or a stunted tree seeking sky on a windswept cliff, quotes help me summon the muse.
Piers Anthony said: “Keep writing, because not only does practice improve skill, it gives you more chances to score on the market.”
William Shakespeare: “O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention.”
Ray Bradbury’s advice is this. “To feed your Muse, then, you should always have been hungry about life since you were a child. If not, it is a little late to start.”
“Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.” -Neil Gaiman
What do you do when the muse is silent? Comment and let me know!
The author of The Pharaoh’s Cry, Portal Shift, Kidnapped Smile, and Dragon Sky from the fantasy series The Artania Chronicles, as well as the middle-grade Forest Secrets. Laurie Woodward co-wrote Dean and JoJo: The Dolphin Legacy. Her poetry has been published in multiple journals and anthologies and she was a collaborator on the popular anti-bullying DVD Resolutions. Bullied as a child, Laurie is now an award-winning peace consultant, poet, and blogger who helps teach children how to avoid arguments, stop bullying, and maintain healthy friendships. She writes on the Central Coast of California. More about her work can be found at artania.net