My muse is quiet today. She’s given me the name of a new heroine, but no story, no hero, not even a setting. She’s teasing me, knowing I want to work on the book I’ve already started and that I really like although it’s going slow. Slower since the muse dropped that name on me in the middle of a recent night.
Does this happen to you? When you think you’re fully invested in the story that greets you every morning from your screen, does someone or something else insinuate into your psyche and say things like, “I’m Emory Alice. Tell my story.”
“Writing this morning?” my husband asked a little while ago. I said I was, but I haven’t been. I’ve been fighting with that damn Emory Alice whose story I don’t know. I’ve read emails, written emails, cleaned a little corner of my desk, visited blogs, commented on blogs, and gone back to see if anyone commented on my comments. I have played solitaire, lost at solitaire, and said I wouldn’t play anymore. I have played more.
I thought I had it for a while. I’d give in to her, I thought, and start free-writing her story–I’m not a plotter anyway. It could be a little side-gig I’d work on in afternoons when I finished my actual work for the day. But halfway down the first page, she went curiously silent. I’m pretty sure she rolled her eyes. Fine, I thought. I called her a few names and went back to the WIP that’s my serious story.
And couldn’t write a word. Emory Alice is there, pinching me. Watching. Chewing the skin around her thumbnail and scratching her left calf with the toenails of her right foot.
What does she want?
On another note, A Heartwarming Christmas made the USA Today bestseller list this week. It’s my first visit there and I’ve been fairly impossible to live with ever since. Even the cat ducks his head when he sees me coming. In case you haven’t read it yet–come back here! I’m not done yet!–here’s the stuff on it. Have a great week!
This holiday season, warm your heart with 12 connected sweet holiday romances from 12 Harlequin Heartwarming authors who are USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors. This collection of PG-rated holiday romances are all set in Christmas Town, a location introduced in the 2014 Harlequin Heartwarming release Christmas, Actually. A Heartwarming Christmas will bring you laughter, tears, and happily-ever-afters (no cliffhangers), for more than 1200 pages. Foreword by small town lover and New York Times bestseller Kristan Higgins.