Let the Muses in

“Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him out to the public.” Winston Churchill

Writing a book is all about writing and this is exactly what I am NOT doing. I can find excuses for every day I don’t write but how will that help? The book needs pages and pages of nothing but the best work. In order to pick my best, I have to write a lot and then chose. I can’t chose even the lousiest work if I don’t write a thing. Assignments? Yes. I knew before I wrote the proposal that I’ll have plenty of assignments to deal with. Exams? Homework? Yes. Time spent with children, husband, and friends. Time spent brewing kombucha, cooking, shopping,  endlessly playing with the theme of my blog. Yes, yes, yes. OK. I got a nasty cold that killed a lot of time but once in a while, everyone can get sick. I can’t get motivated. Whaaaat?! What better motivation do I need right now than the deadline for half a book in early December. Or is it late November? So, it is the end of the play time and work must begin. I’ll work on my poems and I’ll report my progress. I’ll bring here a piece or two of inspiration. Music. Gipsy music. To fill my soul with fervor, awe, anxiety, and dread. Wail, roar, and scream, sigh and whisper.

So sing, my little gipsy girl! Let music flood my soul and awaken my visions to run with the muses.

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra – Djelem Djelem

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5 thoughts on “Let the Muses in

  1. I can very much relate to this post, Elena. I think this is the biggest struggle as a writer: lack of motivation. It’s so hard to sit down and write when there are a million others things to do. Sometimes I have to force myself against my will, but I usually notice once I’ve been at it for a few hours, or days, or weeks, it gets easier to keep going; starting is the worst part. Music also helps, and I enjoyed listening to the song you posted here–thanks for sharing something that inspires you! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Hollie. This will help me stop feeling like an impostor who pretends to care about writing when all he wants to do is anything but that. And you’re right. I’ll have to force myself to do it. Or no writing will happen. The music helped and I have a draft I’m working on already. I might do it again: find something inspiring and post it so I will look at (or listen to)again and again. A picture of a pebble. The sound of geese, leaving.

  2. HI Elena,

    It is a struggle to find the time & inclination to write most of my days. I’ve found that the more time I spend in school, the less time I want to spend writing or even thinking about writing. Or reading. In all honesty, some days my only incentive are the requirements for classes so I completely understand where you’re coming from. You are definitely not alone in your struggle.

    Christine C

  3. That is a great quote by Winston Churchill. The song (and her voice) is fantastic as well! The excuses that I come up with some days are pretty incredible…thank you for sharing yours:)


  4. This is so relatable! Sometimes I wonder how I manage to get anything done with all the “creative” ways I’ve developed to procrastinate. Also, I loved the song 🙂

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