Tuesday, February 22, 2011
My Muse has ADHD
Some authors can actually visualize their Muses: male, female, short, tall—all that good stuff. I can’t. My muse is a dark silhouette that dashes around the labyrinth of my mind and shifts shape and form constantly. I’m fine with that, as long as it guides me straight, it can be a crow for all I care.
So, a little while back a friend gave me the good advice of settling on 20 stories out of the hundreds I’ve started and dedicate myself to those 20. Those 20 will be the ones I fight alongside until the end (publication, hopefully). The list turned out to be 22 (including 2 manuscripts I’d already completed minus editing) and today it hit 23. Why? Because my Muse is ADHD. Really.
Most people can focus on one story and dedicate themselves to it….much like a relationship. Not me. Usually I’m continuously working on at least three with several on the back burner (I’m very committed in relationships though—I would never cheat). Today, my Muse (maybe I’ll call it Crow) flew to an old story idea—one that I started, got several pages in, built a rough skeleton outline, and then left. Well, now, not only have I been thinking about that story all day, and hearing the hero's voice in my head commanding an introduction with the heroine who escaped him, but I’ve got characters and a skeletal storyline for book 2. Really? Really?! As if I don’t have enough characters in my mental army. 22—23 stories, each with a minimum of 2 characters (math is not my strong suit—bear with me!) puts me with about 46 made up people marching through my mind more or less on a daily basis.
I may go insane before the end.