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I have this verse novel manuscript that I am writing. Well, it’s written and I’m revising it. We actually have been on break from each other since September.
I am going to a writing retreat this coming weekend. I’ve been a bit concerned about working on the manuscript, setting my expectations too high, and not making the most of the weekend.
So last Saturday during my counseling session we discussed my concerns. Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, Big Magic came up. (It’s on my hold list at the library. Update: as of 9;50 this morning, it’s ready for me to pick up. Woohoo.) One of the cool things about my counselor is she is a painter and a creative person, so she understands the creative process. We were able to talk about ways to call up the muse such as asking my characters what they want me to know.
When I left the session, I felt less stressed about the upcoming weekend. I also remember what William Stafford always said, “Lower your standards.”
There are a couple of You Tube videos with Elizabeth Gilbert that have been helpful (while I wait for the book).
I’m calling you, muse. Please respond.