I was reading something from one of my favorite authors one time and she said that she has trouble writing when her muses are not cooperating. The statement made me laugh. It sounded like such a kooky, new-agey kind of thing to say. In my old-style southern practical world, the thought of muses sounded way too hokey. You write when you have to write, am I right? If you have a deadline, you write. Muses be damned.
Now that I’ve been writing and releasing for a while, I actually understand what she was saying. I write romance. My real life is not always romantic. I have two kids who often are snot-producing, accident-making messes most of the time. Lovable messes, but messes just the same. During my day job, I listen to people complain all day long. Romance is just dead for me sometimes and writing does not come natural at all on those days. The muses disappear, my mojo departs, and I’m left with nothing but stringing mindless words together in order to try desperately to make a deadline. Sigh.
The world is not romantic in general. People don’t exchange longing glances in the grocery store or exchange steamy kisses very often. More people argue than seem to fall in love these days. I love my own husband more than anything, but even we have our very non-romantic days where we mostly try not to kill each other.
Creating a make-believe world is not as easy as it looks, but for me it is necessary. I’m one of those people who will get mired down in reality if I don’t create that inside world for myself. I like to imagine a world where love is as prevalent as it is in romance novels. Where cowboys fall in love with city girls, curvy goddesses fall in love with billionaires, and local librarians make love behind the stacks to the local hero. Doesn’t that sound better than the real world?
In my real world, things are always going fast. My kids are growing up fast, my work life is quick task to task, and every deadline looms a little bit closer. Sometimes I just want to say, slow it down. For God’s sake, just slow it all down. So, I create my worlds and do my best to make time go away.
If you get a chance, make time to slow down for yourself a little bit too. Read and drift off into another world that’s perhaps a little slower than ours.
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