Today I am going to chatter about those writing distractions that we all seem to encounter. I’m talking about the inspiring ideas that the annoying and irritable Muse will throw at us, expecting us to suddenly pick up the pen and immediately start writing whatever they want us to write. Is it annoying? Damn right it is. Especially when you have so much more going on in your head, but you know that you don’t want to lose that idea.
Some people reading this will know that I use OneNote to get my ideas down. My Muse hates this. A lot. He’s all ‘powerful and mighty’ in his eyes, and I’m not bending to his will, but filing it all away for later. Sometimes, like recently, I have actually opened new documents – titled them, saved them, and then closed them, so that they are sitting there ready and waiting for me to pay them a little attention when I get a moment to myself. Like right now.
My Muse is screaming at me to use his ideas, but I can’t right this instant, because I have a trilogy to finish writing first. That is my priority at the moment, not winging my way into creating a new world just to sate my Muse’s taste-buds. That’s the beauty about OneNote. You can jot the idea down, file it away, and then reflect upon it later when you feel you are ready to start something fresh. Knowing my luck, my Muse is going to be absolutely howling at me once I finish this trilogy, because then it will be editing time, and there still won’t be new worlds being built, or new characters coming alive.
Ah well, for the moment, he will just have to suck it up like a princess, and get over it.