Stephen King said in his book, On Writing: The Memoir of the Craft, “There is a muse, but he’s not going to come fluttering down into your writing room and scatter creative fairy-dust all over your typewriter or computer. He lives in the ground. He’s a basement kind of guy. You have to descend to his level, and once you get down there you have to furnish an apartment for him to live in. You have to do all the grunt labor, in other words, while the muse sits and smokes cigars and admires his bowling trophies and pretends to ignore you. Do you think it’s fair? I think it’s fair. He may not be much to look at, that muse-guy, and he may not be much of a conversationalist, but he’s got inspiration. It’s right that you should do all the work and burn all the mid-night oil, because the guy with the cigar and the little wings has got a bag of magic. There’s stuff in there that can change your life. Believe me, I know.”
We, as authors, need to put those boys to work. This is how I like to do it. I make those boys work as much as I can. This is how I work those boys. There are times when we are simply stuck in our manuscript. Maybe we want new ideas, or maybe we need to work through a difficult situation. Our subconscious will work for us if we’ll let it. The is also talked about in James Scott Bell’s Revisions and Self-Editing for Publication. The way Mr. Bell explains it, it’s simple.
The last thing you do before you go to bed is write down your problem areas. I‘ve been having problem with my angst and not knowing what his motive is for all the problems he’s causing. I’ll admit I didn’t write it down, but it was on my mind when I went to sleep.
When I woke up, I thought about my problem with my novel, it came to me. He was greedy. All his acts were for greed. He wanted it all and he would do anything to get what he desired.
The boys worked good that night and they also helped me with blog topics. We get overwhelmed with life and our writing suffers along with us. If we listen to our subconscious, we’ll find the answers. It works.
My challenge to you today as writers is to try this tonight. Is your manuscript going in the right direction? Are you lost with what you want instead of what will work best for your novel? I believe the boys can help you with all of this. Isn’t it wonderful when that light comes on in our head and we know the answers? Try this, you’ll be amazed. Thanks Stephen King and James Scott Bell for teaching us how to write.