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Yet More Conversation About “What Should I Write?” . . .


In this continuing conversation, we’ve discussed quite a bit about the Muse as inspiration for writing… What Should I Write About?

The last installment was, Continuing the Blog Conversation About “What Should I Write?” . . .

And, just before I reveal the first reader comment that let me keep this discussion going, I need to share a quote, from that last post, about the Muse:

“There is a muse, but he’s not going to come fluttering down into your writing room and scatter creative fairy-dust all over your typewriter or computer. He lives in the ground. He’s a basement kind of guy. You have to descend to his level, and once you get down there you have to furnish an apartment for him to live in. You have to do all the grunt labor, in other words, while the muse sits and smokes cigars and admires his bowling trophies and pretends to ignore you. Do you think it’s fair? I think it’s fair. He may not be much to look at, that muse-guy, and he may not be much of a conversationalist, but he’s got inspiration. It’s right that you should do all the work and burn all the mid-night oil, because the guy with the cigar and the little wings has got a bag of magic. There’s stuff in there that can change your life. Believe me, I know.” ~ Stephen King

And, here’s the first reader comment, from an established writer:

“My Muse does not live in a basement. She’s more a balcony kind of gal and she hates cigars. She likes to lean over the rooftop balcony and listen to the birds. However I find she is more present when I keep up a regular meditation practice. Somehow this seems to clear out my mind so that she can open the balcony door and slip inside :-) “

So, the Muse and Meditation—Paths to what should be written

And, yet another reader comment in this discussion; again, from an established writer:

“My best ideas don’t come when I sit down to write, rather at spontaneous and sometimes inopportune moments. Hence, I have a notebook in every room, my car, and my purse. :-) “

The Muse, Meditation, and Spontaneous sometimes Inopportune Ideational Visitations

I’m hoping a few more readers will comment on this post and share how they decide or are Aided to Determine their next bit of writing…

And, to add yet more ideas for this conversation, here are links to a few other answers to the question, “What Should I Write?” {value of links may vary…} :

What Should I Write About? Finding Inspiration

What Should I Write About? ~ Here are 5 prompts to encourage inspiration for article writing

What Should I Write About? ~ Quiz

Stuck for Ideas? 20 Quotes Telling You What To Write About ~ from Toni Morrison, Francis Bacon, Neil Gaiman, Marilyn Manson, Emile M. Cioran, Cyril Connolly, Dolly Parton, Tom Stoppard, Larry David, James Maynard Keenan, Anais Nin, Joseph Joubert,  Jack Kerouac, Demetri Martin, D. H. Lawrence, Ray Bradbury, Rebecca West, Lois Lowry, Joan Didion, and Sylvia Plath…

Finally, and as I regularly remind folks, it only takes one reader comment, no matter how short, to propel this particular conversation forward { though, you could also comment with ideas for other conversational topics in the realms of Reading, Writing, and Publishing……… }
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3 responses to “Yet More Conversation About “What Should I Write?” . . .

  1. juliecroundblog June 20, 2018 at 10:23 am

    I don’t believe in a muse. All my writing is triggered by a place, an incident,an injustice, a person , a memory or a feeling. I’d need a cartload of different muses for all that!

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  2. Alexander M Zoltai June 20, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Thank you for your comment, Julie — you’ve propelled the Conversation forward :-)

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