Daily Archives: February 8, 2018

Daily Drabble: February 7th

As part of our Year of Writing, participants have the opportunity to enter a Daily Drabble contest throughout the month of February. This contest consists of writing a short drabble–100 words or less–based on our fill-in-the-blank prompt, which is posted daily on our Twitter.

The prompt for February 7th was:

Winner: Savitri Horrigan

“So there’s gonna be a big race tomorrow.”
“You mean the one where I beat you and you whine about it for the rest of the month?”
“No! The one where I beat you. And get first place.”
“Ha! Okay. Whatever you say, sis.”
“Oh yeah? You think you’re always gonna have that record? That was last year. Now you’re old and frail.”
“Oh please. I’m only two minutes older. I’m as young and spry as ever.”
“Bet you’re too slow to get your lunch back!”
“What…? Oh! For crying out loud…”

About Savitri Horrigan

Savitri is a social worker who loves the interplay between arts and activism. After reading loads of mystery, fantasy, romance, and science fiction, she is finally trying her own hand at storytelling. In addition to staring at blank pages, her favorite pastimes include journaling, walking, learning something new, and spending time with her friends and family.

Honorable Mention: Taylor Barton

“So there’s gonna be a big race tomorrow.”
“You mean the Tortoise Grand Prix?”
“No, the Snail Tour De Force.”
“That was last year… Don’t tell me you bet all of your allowance on some snail?”
“Nope. I’m gonna split it evenly among all the competitors. That way, no matter who wins, I win!”

About Taylor Barton

Taylor currently resides in Texas but lives in the world of imagination. When she’s not working retail she enjoys reading, writing, coloring, and watching her favorite shows.

Check back in tomorrow for the winners of today’s Daily Drabble contest!

How to Find and Keep Your Muse

Your muse ran away. Perhaps you’ve never hired one to begin with. Maybe your current muse has a lousy work ethic. Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Our Muse Employment Agency has a few tips:

Look in Unexpected Places

Don’t look for your muse in all the regular places. You’ve already looked there. Explore uncharted territory. This is the best gift you can give yourself: the gift of literary adventure. Don’t constrain yourself. Soar. Travel to every literary land and see the sights. If you end up scrapping a lot of work, that’s alright. At least then you’ll be sure that it wasn’t for you!

Don’t chain yourself down to a certain genre or form of literature–even if you consider it to be your own. That’s great! But don’t reject other genres because of it. You may be pleasantly surprised by how much you enjoy writing in other genres or literary styles. Give it a shot! You’ll never know if you don’t try!

Find Inspiration in Wonder

Finding inspiration may be simpler than you think, if you know where to look! That’s the problem – we don’t know where to look for or find inspiration. But I’m here to help! Here’s what works for me:

Look at what you are truly passionate about. What brings you wonder? What awakens your imagination? What makes you different than all others?

Think in abstract terms if necessary, and then reflect: How could I make that abstract idea tangible? How could it become a place or thing I could turn to for inspiration?

In my case: the universe has always astounded me, and the diversity of creation fills me with wonder. So, I look for my inspiration in nature.

Perhaps you’re passionate about art. Go visit a museum! What emotions are evoked? What do you feel?

Don’t Overwork Your Muse

Muses run on creativity, and when you find your muse, you have to make sure you don’t lose her again! Once you have your muse, keep doing all that you did already to find her. Keep her happy and well-nourished! Keep exploring avenues of creativity and searching for inspiration.

There’s something even more important: don’t overwork your muse! Long hours, little pay, she’s bound to strike! Beware of writer’s burnout.

All in all, if your muse is under poor working conditions, if you refuse to feed her, if her hours are far too long, she will escape again–and might even report you to the authorities! You don’t want a pretend lawsuit on your hands. No, sir!

Satisfy Your Muse’s Curiosity

Research. Yes, I know. It sounds tedious already, but muses can be creatures of curiosity. As you research, something you read may just catch their attention. “Oh, what’s this about the goddess Nyx? Well, I may have an idea for it! ”

If you’re caught in a dry spell or Writer’s Block, research!

Research could mean anything! You can read resources pertaining to your Work-in-Progress. You can visit places for research, too. Not just libraries or museums! If you’re writing about someone who works at a coffee shop, why not stop by one? Observe the workers carefully and imagine your character in this setting. (Just, try not to be creepy. Baristas don’t appreciate that.)  Try to bring fresh, new ideas to the table. While you’re at it, you can even order a fresh cup of joe!

Frolic in the World

Let your imagination run wild. Be observant. The world is already filled with so many improbable and wondrous things. Fact can be stranger than fiction. . Even when you’re away from your computer or journal, you can still be writing. The writing process includes so many things. If you’re out and about and actively trying to find things to incorporate into your writing, what you’re really doing is working towards creating a masterpiece. Oh, you little mastermind!

 


 

What helps you find and keep your muse? Share your thoughts in the comments!