Monday Muse: Doing What it Takes

Here of late, my muse , Bridget, has been a wee bit cranky. She was totally enamoured of the hero of my last MS, and I’ve had a devil of a time getting her to give him up and start telling me someone else’s story. However, I have to say that I haven’t gone to the lengths some writers have to court their muse. If you are looking for a writing ritual to prime the pump for word count, here are some suggestions taken from the rich, famous and published. Can’t say I recommend them, though!
JOHN CHEEVER: Every morning, the Pulitzer prize winner would get out of bed, put on a suit, and ride down the elevator with all his neighbors as they went to work. Upon arrival in the basement, he would strip down to his underwear and write. At lunchtime, he put his suit back on and went upstairs for a sandwich. Then he would do the same thing again for his afternoon writing session.
EDITH SITWELL : The poet was kind of, well, odd. She had a practice of lying in an open coffin for several minutes each morning before sitting down to write. Whatever works, I guess.
ISABEL ALLENDE: The started writing her first novel, the best-selling The House of Spirits, on January 8. Because she feels it was “a lucky novel” she now starts writing each new book on the same date. That seems like it would seriously impair your output, but if it gets you something like The House of the Spirits, who am I to argue?
ALEXANDER DUMAS PÈRE: The Three Musketeers author apparently believed in color therapy, as he followed a strict color scheme in his writing: blue for fiction, pink for non-fiction and yellow for poetry.
CARSON MCCULLERS: The author of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter would only write if she was wearing her lucky sweater. Thank God the drycleaners never lost it!


2 responses to “Monday Muse: Doing What it Takes

  1. intriguing facts. I love it.

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