From time to time, my muse rears her head and talks to me. I’ve managed to capture some of these conversations and am sharing them with you. I will warn you that my muse is a potty-mouth. I have no control over what she tells me. Sorry.
Muse: It’s about fucking time you listened to me.
Me: I always listen to you!
Muse: *scoffs* Yeah right.
Me: Fine. Fine. I’ve been busy with other things.
Muse: Have those other things been more important than your writing?
Me: *ponders for a second* Yeah!
Muse: Bullshit. How do you figure that?
Me: I’ve been writing the web app for The Zebulon. It’s for the betterment-
Muse: The betterment of what? Your coding skills?
Me: Shut up for a minute and let me explain. I’ve been heads down coding things for PPW because it improves our writing community. The proposal portal helps PPW keep things organized and keeps all of our presenters happy because we’re not losing their ideas and suggestions. The writing contest portal has been there to make it easier for PPW to run the contest and bring writers together with the contest. I did this for the benefit of the community. Sure, I didn’t write much the past few months, but you can back off. I did this because it’s what I wanted to do. I’ll always return to you, your ideas, and my writing. I just need to take a break from the writing from time-to-time for more important things.
Muse: *silently looks at her feet*
Me: Now that we’re past that, I want to know what you think of the outline I’ve written for Egan & Stiles. Any input?
Muse: You took my guidance quite well. It’s a solid outline that you can turn into an incredible story… if you listen to me.
Me: Don’t worry. My focus is back on my writing for the time being. We’ll get through this and make a wonderful tale. We’ll just have to work together to do it.
Muse: *with a wry grin on her face* What will do you if my guidance pulls you away from the outline you’ve written?
Me: The same thing I always do. I check out both, figure out which I think is better, and then run with the best course of action for the story. Now I need to get back to the prose. I’ve not written a single word of the story now that the outline is done. It’s time for me to get back to Scrivener.
Muse: Good idea. I’ll check in with you later. *fades into the darkness*