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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Muse is on vacation...oh, the stress of it all!

Hello! I'm Phyllis Campbell...Baroness of Brazen. Why, you ask? Read any one of my stories and see how I love to write sensual stories - and I love to tease!

As a writer (going on 16 yrs now) I have found quite a few times when my muse wants to take a break. Sometimes it's when my life has turned upside down and my creativity needs a break, too. I remember four years ago my 16 year old daughter was giving us grief. She ended up pregnant, dropped out of school, then ran away because we wouldn't let her marry the boy. Finally, we gave in and let her marry him, but he was abusive, stole money from his friend's bank account, went into the Army and went AWOL right after graduating basic training...then took daughter and six week old grandson and left the state without a word. Oh...and he stole our car! Needless to say, my muse did NOT want to work after that. That's okay, because of what was going on in my life, I didn't want to work, either. lol

Now daughter is 21, divorced, has two kids, and...back in my house because she's having problems with her landlord. (groans) Guess what? My muse is wanting a break, again. But, considering I had NINE books published in 2009, and had written three full length novels as well...I think maybe my muse going on vacation is overdue. lol

Now that you've heard my story...tell me yours. What makes your muse go on vacation?

~Phyllis~
www.phyllismariecampbell.com

16 comments:

  1. Wow! Forget going on vacation. I think my muse would skip town. I'm sorry for all the stress you're under. At least when it's all said and done, you should have lots of life experience to draw on for your next book. And you have the makings for a very evil villain. Hugs to you.

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  2. Hi Phyllis,

    Yes, you deserve a break! The only time I have problems with my muse is when I'm working on the wrong project.For me it's a sign to move onto something else. Of course, that's not always possible if you have a request.

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  3. Samantha, my coworkers have said this very thing to me. They think my daughter's story would make a good book. I tell them it wouldn't because it would be too depressing! lol Or...the mother of the daughter in the story would go to jail for murdering her son-in-law. ROFL! But yes, I agree with the villian part...

    ~Phyllis~

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  4. Gail, my muse lets me know when to move to another project to. But at least when I move on to the next story, my muse is active. That's a good thing. lol

    ~Phyllis~

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  5. Over this last year, there have been any number of things that have put my muse in lock-down. The biggest of them is loss/grief. In a six-month span, my first pet, two good friends, and my grandfather all passed away. After each death, I had to take a break from writing because I just couldn't do it. Eventually, though, I would use the pain as fuel for my writing and have a very productive spurt.

    Of course, there are always things that make it difficult to write. But those are typically minor distractions.

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  6. I agree, Catherine. Those things wouldn't help my muse, either. But I love when the muse comes back and I write like crazy!

    ~Phyllis~

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  7. My life has been so hectic, I think my muse committed suicide. :) Stress is always what drives me into period of lull when writing. I can't concerntrate when my mind is on so many things. If I can manage to get going, though, I can lose myself in my story as the characters reveal it. They just don't tend to come around during the hectic times.

    Baroness of Brazen? I love that, even more than Queen of Steam or Queen of Sexual Tension. You keep coming up with winners. I'm going to have to think of something catchy.... Write and Whine just doesn't get it. Help me out here. *smile*

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  8. Phyllis, you need a break and I think your muse is telling you that. I know for me stress and physically and emotional tiredness makes my muse go AWOL very quickly.

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  9. Wow - ur life is WAY more interesting than mine! I'll think good thoughts for ur daughter. Maybe she'll become a writer. She's got the right life story for one! I don't use words like 'muse' in the same way that I don't use words like 'soulmates'. I just don't believe in them. Writing is hard work. If it wasn't, anyone could do it. Relationships also involve hard work once the glow of soul-mateness (is that a word?!) wears off. When I'm stressed, of course it's harder to write, but I still try to do it because I impose deadlines on myself and I know that other ambitious writers out there are doing that, too,and I need to stay competitive. My philosophy on writing is this: I really like my writing. I believe in my writing. To be successful you need to do your best every day for a very long time...Hey, I guess the same would apply to healthy realtionships! Mary Kennedy Eastham, Author, The Shadow of a Dog I Can't Forget and the upcoming novel Night Surfing

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  10. Ginger, you are funny! So your title has to be something along those line. (grins) Love ya, girfriend!

    ~Phyllis~

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  11. Marie - love your name. My middle name is Marie. Anyway, my muse has been overworked...but funny thing is, she takes a break and comes back in full force. Even now I'm considering turning one of my older stories that's a historical western...into a contemporary western. That's a lot of work, but for some reason, I'm getting excited about it. What's up with that? lol

    ~Phyllis~

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  12. Hey Mary Kennedy Eastham...thanks for your comment. It's very inspiring!!! You're awesome!

    ~Phyllis...climbling back in the writing saddle tonight. (grins)

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  13. PHYLLIS! I can identify, for certain. My blog this week is titled "My Kingdom for a Good Plot." But I blame it on holiday glut--not really, just figureatively. At least my household is somewhat calmer than yours--do like one of my friends did--check into a local motel for a couple of nights--makes sure it has wireless and take our computer--and ban anyone from visiting. Celia

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  14. Great idea, Celia! Thanks for commenting!

    ~Phyllis~

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  15. Great post, Marie! I have a firm belief that the concept of the muse is a catch 22....kind of like Field of Dreams...if you write it, she will come. LOL! I can say that my muse is AWOL, but if I just sit down and start writing, she comes back to me. It's just getting my butt in the chair and putting my fingers to the keyboard to write rather than check email...or Facebook...or Twitter...or go shopping...or read blogs...you get the picture. LOL! More than a lack of muse, procrastination is my biggest enemy!!

    Though I will say that the longest and driest spell for me was while I was pregnant. I think I managed a few short stories over the last 9 months, but trying to work on my full-length novels just seemed so daunting with a fetus growing inside of me! But now that the baby is here, I'm getting excited about my full-length projects again...if only there wasn't so much housework to do!! How does someone so tiny have so much laundry???

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  16. I think my creative process gets bogged down under stress and when I need to move onto a new project. I found myself editing and re-editing the same book and now that I have finally just shelved it the ideas for new stories have really been flowing again.

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