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Jenny: Eureka! I have a story

I was soaking in the bath this evening, as usual. No glass of wine or candles this time; instead just bubbles, a pen and an old unused notebook I’d found on a bookshelf. I was lying back letting conditioner seep into my hair when suddenly she waltzed in~ my muse. “Where the hell have you been?” was my first thought but that quickly changed to something more along the lines of “Oh thank God you’re here. I thought you were dead!”

My muse is a 20-something year old business woman with brown hair pulled up into a too-tight bun and she is always dressed in office attire~ a white blouse with a tight gray skirt and heels. Who knows why? Probably for the same crazy reason she always sits cross-legged on the edge of whatever it nearby; That often used to be my desk, but this time it was the edge of the bathroom sink. Anyway, she was here and I was out of that tub like a rocket, rinsed & dried, into my robe, and at the kitchen table pounding out my first outline since 2002. My pen didn’t stop moving for over an hour. I know my main character, the secondary characters, the whole beginning and how it ends.

I’m stunned. I could use a glass of wine now but I don’t have any in the house.

*Why do I feel like crying?*

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  1. OMG, Jenny–this is so exciting! Give that muse of yours her favorite dinner and make sure she has a nice place to sleep in your house. Can’t wait to hear more.

    February 3, 2008
  2. caseycairo #

    Hi Jenny, I picked up on your “why do I feel like crying?” comment. Is it with relief? With the magnitude of the task involved in finishing? I am fascinated to hear why you think you felt that way, though I’m sure if you knew, maybe you’d have written? When I finish with a chapter, I feel exactly the same way. It always seems to be a euphoria mixed with great sadness. Maybe it’s just a release that’s necessary after writing, and getting a piece of yourself out there on paper?

    February 4, 2008
  3. jennymomof4 #

    I felt overwhelmed~ a mix of about 20 different thoughts and feelings, and probably more than a dash of feeling sorry for myself at the long dry spell, and my own lack of ambition & focus until that moment. Resentment too, perhaps at the situation and that I had done it to myself? Cheated by my own brain? I dunno. Euphoria too, and knowing the huge load of work ahead. It makes me both thrilled and anxious.

    February 4, 2008
  4. Jenny,
    I know exactly how you feel. Whenever I get a bad case of writer’s block, I call it “simmering on the back burner”. You wouldn’t eat a stew whose flavors hadn’t had a chance to blend properly–and you certainly wouldn’t start a new novel without giving it the proper consideration. So it took you 6 years to write a new outline? This will be a delicious book!

    February 4, 2008

    It’s a feeling I have a love/hate relationship myself with. I am the idea girl. Love ideas. LOVE THEM. But then reality sits in. As in, now I have to write and execute this?!?!

    Oh, Jenny! You can do it. Just tell the muse to let her damn hair down and let it flow. It will help with the writing. 😉

    February 4, 2008
  6. Jenny, you little SNEAK!!! Why didn’t you tell me you were signing on to blog here?? LOL

    Anyway, YAY story!! I had a similar experience with my last novel outline. I’m still working on putting it together, but only because work and other ideas keep getting in the way. I can’t wait to see more of how yours evolves!

    February 4, 2008
  7. jennymomof4 #

    Christa, I can’t help but smile. I thought you knew after my first post and the welcome you gave! Maybe my picture wasn’t up by then so you didn’t catch it.

    For anyone who is wondering, Christa and I know each other from another forum; I was taking a break to focus on writing, and renovating my home as well. She was kind enough to give me an invite here.

    February 4, 2008
  8. jennymomof4 #

    380 words on paper. It’s happening!

    February 6, 2008

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