A late blooming writer finds his Muse

I admit, I knew nothing about this thing called the Muse, when I started writing again in 2010.  I heard it existed, musicians had it.  I thought that’s were the word came from.  Poets supposedly wrote about it, but unfortunately I’m not a big fan of poetry, so their musing were lost on me.  Sorry about that last sentence.

I found a wonderful reference to it on TED, this was from Elizabeth Gilbert.  I found it on a website from Cally Jackson, and I thank her for placing it there, as it was a great inspiration, and discussion on writers Muse.

As for myself, a writer coming late to this party, I thought finding my muse would be easy.  Wasn’t it just telling a story, and letting the creative process flow?  Apparently not.  Some times I write and what appears on the page is outright drivel, and sometimes it is inspired.  There are times, I let out a sigh at the words before me.  They actually look good, like someone else wrote them. Is that muse?

Well, I’m still early in this, I’ve finished my first Novella, called Dolphin Dreams, which is still at the publishers, and waiting uploading to Amazon and various other eBook sites, but here is what amazed me.  I started writing the Novella as an adventure story, and it turned into a fantasy, with a love story intertwined.

Now, how does that happen?  Do we not all control what we write.  Are we not the master and commander sitting in the chair, fingers flying on the keyboard while characters and plots emanate from us?  Well, I thought so…at least at first.  Now I realize I’m part of the process.  Sure, I have ideas, fantasies, and dreams.  But as I sit down to write, things start to change, characters change.

I have found this part fascinating.  I would love to hear comments from others on this as well.  I know we are writers, but are we also a conduit for a creative force?  The word inspire, comes from the Latin, “to breath in,” are we breathing in and breathing out as we write, and are these words before us a mere image of something in our deeper selves.  Ops, now that be a little deep.

So, as an aspiring writer, finding his muse, would love to hear from others on this.  Inspiration, is always a welcome insight, and if you have a moment, check out the YouTube video from Elizabeth Gilbert, it is twenty minutes, but really well worth it.

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Lyle Nicholson is the author of four novels, two novellas and a short story, as well as several articles published in Canadian Magazines and Newspapers. His path to his writing was first as a terrible actor in a Johnny Cash movie, called Gospel Road. He played Andrew the Apostle and apologizes to all who see him in the movie.
He was also a disobedient monk for several years and left the monastery to work at several jobs he’d was highly unsuccessful at until he started his own sales agency, where he finally had success. This was to the delight of his wife and his mother.
He retired in 2011 and took up writing full time. He now lives with his lovely wife in Kelowna, where he writes, cooks and indulges in fine wines.

One thought on “A late blooming writer finds his Muse”

  1. Great post, Lyle. Really thought-provoking. Dolphin Dreams sounds really intriguing — I love the cover art too.

    As for the notion of the muse, it’s an interesting one. Ideas often come to me when I’m not really pursuing them. So for example, perhaps I see a painting and it strikes some sort of chord within.

    When I’m planning, I tend to plan character before I plan plot, too. Well, when I say planning, I mean interviewing the character — asking questions of them, learning about their past and the present dilemmas. Usually, a plot is born from that point.

    Even so, said plot is usually nothing like the final incarnation. And that’s what’s amazing about our journey — surprising ourselves as we go along.

    Good luck with the launch!


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