Are You a-Mused Yet?

Get Your Muse On

There are writers feel story and character ideas are fed to them from “somewhere else”. That “somewhere else” is a very vague concept and means different things to different scribes. Nonetheless, writers who hold such beliefs say it is very important to allow your mind to be open to receiving these ideas – wherever they come from.

Personally, I’ve had moments when I felt plugged into a conduit, receiving stories, characters and ideas- though I hesitate to say if this was a spiritual event or just the  way the brain works in creative mode.

And it is a rare enough event – I can never conjure ‘the writing rapture’ but if I write often it’ll roll around every now and again. And when it does, it’s a  magical moment when stories and characters come swimming to me, all done-up, pre-packaged and ready to go.

All we can do is sit down to write every day- most days you’ll get coal but if you keep at it, the diamond muse will show up sooner or later.


About suehealy

Literary Manager at the Finborough Theatre and associate lecturer in playwriting at the universities of Lincoln and Portsmouth, Irish playwright Sue Healy has a PhD in modern theatre history. Her most recent stage play Imaginationship (2018) recently enjoyed a sell-out, extended run at the Finborough Theatre and is headed to the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough in August. Cow (2017) was staged at the Etcetera Theatre and Brazen (2016) ran at the King’s Head, funded by Arts Council England. Her work has been performed at the Criterion, Hackney Attic, Claremorris Festival (New Writing Award winner), Brighton Festival (the Sussex Playwrights’ Award Winner) and Sterts Theatre and has been developed by the Abbey Theatre, Dublin and support by the Peggy Ramsay Award. Her nine radio-plays have broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (Opening Lines winner), WLRfm and KCLR96fm. She has won prizes for her prose including the Molly Keane and HISSAC Awards and the Escalator Prize. A UEA Creative Writing MA alumna, Sue spent eleven years in Budapest editing Hungary A.M. Sue also tutors Creative Writing at CityLit. View all posts by suehealy

8 responses to “Are You a-Mused Yet?

  • Diane

    It is a truly amazing and wonderful thing isn’t it and so difficult to explain. magic is the only word I can use – Yup love it and treat it with great respect .

  • Carla Fisher

    Sue, this is EXACTLY what Steven Pressfield talks about in his book (“The War of Art”)! You would love it — so much will resonate with you. I swear I’m not doing his PR; I just love the book! ;p

  • Maria S McDonald

    I call it a ‘trance’; you know, you’ve become almost one with your character(s); you can hear their thoughts and voices clearly; you can see their surroundings; and you block out all distractions and pour all your heart and soul into your writing. When this happens, I say “Hello, old friend! I’ve so missed you! Please hang around a little while longer.”

  • Gillian Colbert

    Funny, I don’t consider myself to have a muse, but I feel like when I write I’m not thinking about what I’m writing, it’s just being channeled. This is especially true with poetry, they seem to gel in my mind almost completely formed.

  • Njaleruma Kigozi

    Wonderfully stated Sueheal. I would like to use your experience with your assistance anyway,because I am also an upcoming writer who stays in Njeru town council,the district of Buikwe,Uganda and a freelance journalist working with one of the many FM radio stations in Uganda.Good writing Suehealy, we shall do the reading.

  • L.S. Engler

    I have a theory about my own muse; after about a morning of having trouble getting jump-started, it seems to finally arrive about three minutes before my roommate wakes up and tries to talk to me.

    You’re absolutely right, though; the more I write, the more likely it is the muse comes around to help me out. Fuel for the fire, so to speak. My muse, at the very least, doesn’t like for me to just wait around for her to show up; she likes to know I’ve been warming up and getting ready for her! Nothing beats that feeling of inspiration that finally sweeps in and whisks you away, though. Nothing.

  • Sheri Hart

    Thanks for visiting today, and for the follow. 🙂

    I hope you don’t mind that I tweeted this post. It’s such a good message, especially with NaNoWriMo coming up.


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