Seasons of The Muse.
Does your muse have a season when it’s at its most active? I’ve discovered that mine does.
It’s winter here in the Land of Oz and a quick glimpse out my window confirms what my bones have been telling me all morning, we have more snow on the way. I’ve been awake since 4.00 a.m and have already indulged in way too much caffeine. I’m edgy, and my thoughts are all screaming in unison to gain my attention. I’ve been caught up in a cycle of examining all my past works and the discoveries I’ve made have caused me to faceplant and groan more than a few times.
I’ve learned so much since those early days, and I have so much more to learn. I hunger for that knowledge.
I also began to notice a pattern to my writing, something I’d never consciously thought about had recurred far too many times to be a coincidence.
I discovered that I’d written countless short-stories and six of my eight novels in winter.
I also found these particular works to be my writing at its very darkest.
Seasonal disaffected disorder? Possibly. Yet I don’t venture outside much at all no matter what the season.
I’m beginning to understand why my muse demands so much more of me, why it pushes away any doubts and self-imposed limitations I’m still carrying as baggage. And why it surfaces so strongly when the cold wind blows and the clouds billow outside.
We all draw from our past. Subconsciously reliving both the best of times and the absolute worst of them. The tools our lives handed us back then go into our personal arsenals. We draw those weapons to protect us when survival demands it of us.
Winter honed those skills for me. That’s when my muse first surfaced. I recall sitting around a fire pit with the other street kids and telling stories that made us laugh or punch the air with a “Hell, yeah!”. Taking our minds away from the hunger for a while, enriching us, and connecting us as a family.
I still tell those stories now. Only now I write them down and share them with friends across a far bigger fire pit.
Winter will lash our small town until Mid-October. And yes, I’ve just finished writing another novel. With one more underway. Are they dark? Uh-huh, and then some. The cycle continues.
Grab a moment and share your own insights.
Do you recognize a particular season when your muse fires up and hits hyperdrive? Do you know why that is, or is it always planned that way? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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