I have a muse. She lives in a Moleskine notebook that goes with me everywhere. She keeps me sane. My Moleskine muse revealed herself to me during a Night Before Christmas poetry contest my in-laws hold every year. We all rewrite the poem "Twas the night before Christmas" and read them on Christmas eve. One year I had nothing. Not a blip of action on the proverbial radar of creativity.
I could not even come up with a theme for my poem, so I wrote a short story to get my creative juices flowing. I am a fiction writer, not a poet. So, I let go and just wrote whatever came to mind. My muse revealed herself as the main character of a story, much to my surprise. I had never really thought much of muses. She introduced herself as A-musing and asked for a pair of socks. So, I gave the muse her socks and she has been around ever since.
Now, whenever I am stuck, her antics always give me something to write about. Recently, she moved into my Moleskine notebook that I carry with me everywhere. She is a constant (very constant) reminder to write down ideas and observations as I go through my day. She has spunk and keeps humor in my day and in my writing
My Moleskine is now the catch-all of creative inspiration and story ideas, carefully curated by A-Musing.
Here is a list of some of the things A-Musing helps me keep track of in my Moleskine:
• Story Ideas • Short scenes • Taglines • Observations • Outlines • Quotes • Doodles • Dialogs
A-Musing has become the curator of creativity in my notebook and I would not have it any other way.
Do you have a notebook to catch your thoughts? Do you have a muse that helps you write? What do you write in your notebook?