OK, so the Level Best and Al Blanchard award deadlines are coming up (April 30). Short story. Up to 5000 words. I’ve done this before. I’d like to think I can do it again. But the current state of affairs indicates my muse is dead. Or at best, taking a vacation.
Do you know the feeling? Not the “I have to figure out how she got rid of the gun” feeling, but the “I’ve got nothing” feeling. No spark. No germ of an idea that takes hold. Nothing.
Short stories aren’t easy for me to write. Normally my process includes working on a few ideas, and after 10,000 words I realize what I am writing is not a short story. And it isn’t a novel. It is something that needs to be saved in my folder of half baked ideas. And so I keep wrestling my muse until it works.
But this time, I haven’t been making time for the muse. I need to respect the process, and the process means being ready.
This TED talk with Elizabeth Gilbert explains this theory. I subscribe to it. I just need to honor it, and be ready.
Who will I see Saturday at the Donald Maass event? Looking forward to it!