At the best of times, my muse is pretty troublesome, many times he throws tantrums and sulks, but this has been such a letdown. Honestly, it’s at this time I needed him the most. I thought that while writing the first draft of book one, I would also make rough outlines of books two and three. But, the muse is at its uncooperative best.
He showed up at regular intervals for the first half of April. I wrote back stories for all the characters, made detailed character sketches and was generally happy with what I had accomplished. I was sure I would complete the first draft on schedule. Things were going pretty well.
But by the third week of April, my muse disappeared. In the last two weeks of April, I wrote just a few scenes. It’s got me worried, as I had set a tentative deadline for the completion of the first draft of the first book for April end.
Though I wrote many features for the newspapers, and jotted down notes for more features, I have not worked on my manuscript much. I am even seriously considering shelving the trilogy for the moment and working on something else.
Nowadays, every time I switch on my laptop, the blank sheet frustrates me. I even switched to writing long hand, but it’s like my brain is in a shutdown mode. And as the days are passing, my worries are getting the better of me. I have decided I need to do something about this scenario soon. There are so many other things on my mind clashing with each other that it is driving me crazy.
I know that I should be patient and keep writing but somehow worries are getting the better of me.
How do you all tackle an errant muse? Do you all work on something else, or keep writing in the hope that the muse revisits? What would you all advice me? Shall I wait for the muse to come back? Shall I continue writing even though I know that I will delete all the scenes I write in this phase? How do you all tackle writing slumps?
P.S. The features I am writing for the newspapers are making my readers super happy. Their fan mail lightens up my bad mood and it’s the only bright spot in my life at the moment.