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, Sue Healy is a playwright with a track record in stage and radio. Her most recent play, Imaginationship (2018), enjoyed a sold out, extended run at the Finborough and was later selected for a staged-reading at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. Her previous stage productions include Cow (Etcetera Theatre, 2017) and Brazen (King’s Head Theatre, 2016), funded by Arts Council England. Her short plays have been performed at the Criterion (Criterion New Writing Showcase), Arcola (The Miniaturists) and Hackney Attic (Fizzy Sherbet Shorts by Women). Her radio work includes nine plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (Opening Lines winner), WLRfm and KCLR96fm. She has been an interviewed finalist for BBC Scriptroom 12, Eamonn Keane Playwriting Prize, Nick Darke Award and Old Vic 12 New Voices. Her screenplay was shortlisted for the Shorelight Award. Sue’s prose has won The Molly Keane Award, HISSAC Prize, Escalator Award, Meridian Prize and has been published in nine literary journals and anthologies including: The Moth, Flight, Tainted Innocence, New Writer, Duality, HISSAC, New European Writers. She has been writer-in-residence on Inis Oírr, Aran Islands, and at the Heinrich Boll Cottage on Achill Island. She has also benefitted from annual artist residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, and at Ginestrelle, Assisi in Italy. Sue is Irish. She spent eleven years in Budapest, editing Hungary A.M. She has a PhD in modern theatre history (Royal Court Theatre) and is a UEA Creative Writing MA alumna. Sue is currently an Associate Lecturer in Playwriting at the University of Lincoln and the University of Portsmouth. She tutors Creative Writing at City Lit. 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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