When your muse vacations with you

Summer is so not the time to be writing.  The outdoors beckons, and it’s difficult to plant yourself in front of your keyboard and ignore the siren call.

It’s more than difficult, it’s impossible if you are on vacation.  Whether you prefer the beach, the mountains, or your own back yard, it’s still a vacation, not a writer’s retreat. And, if you share your vacation with family, as we do, it is frowned on when you excuse yourself, shut the door to your bedroom, and stay there for hours on end, doing God knows what, while your relatives mumble behind your back.

That’s because non-writers don’t understand why you can’t put your muse in a closet in your home and leave her there until you get back.

If the scene demands to be written, you can pretend to have a headache, bow out of the afternoon (or morning) plans and write feverishly until the rest of the tribe returns, at which time you will have miraculously recovered. The downside is you will have to listen to how much fun everyone had

Or you can scrawl just enough key words in a notebook so when you get home you can remember what the scene was about and how it was to move the story forward. Possibly. If you are unlike me and can actually read your own handwriting.

Or you can go over the scene again and again in your head so that when you are back in front of your computer you can write it as smoothly as if it were being dictated.

And if you are accused of daydreaming while writing in your head, you just smile.

And they forgive you because they know you do that anyway. And they’re your family and they love you.





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