Writing journey

The Curse of the Abandoned Writer’s Muse

ElsieLast time I introduced the world to Elsie, my  Dr Marten stomping fairy muse. She has been busy sharing ideas and gossip at silly o’clock in this morning. One of thoughts was what happens when a writer’s muse gets ignored. Do the ideas get flitted away to someone else more reciprocal to them, do they vanish in a puff of smoke or does the fairy responsible for them become despondent and depressed? Maybe the muse gives up and looks for attention elsewhere leading them into the criminal  shady underground world of the fairies where alcohol and drug addiction is rife. When their assigned artist/writer finally takes note their muse is battered, bruised and shared ideas are half remembered, distorted, scary and on the verge of madness or not there at all. The writer fumes he or she has writer’s block leading them to become despondent and depressed so a vicious circle commences.

November is coming and with it NanoWriMo. Old writers, new ones beginning their journey and those who have lost their way all open their minds and become enthused with the idea of getting words down on paper or screen. At the same time, muses everywhere get themselves ready.  Old ones iron out their wrinkled wings, despondent ones dust themselves off and patch themselves up as much as possible to give it one final chance while new ones nervously set off to find their creative mind to work with.

J M Barrie said you have to believe in fairies or they will die. Maybe he is right and knew something about these muse fairies. If you have an idea jot it down. If it keeps coming back, develop it into something. Keep your muse happy, believe in them, your ideas and let them flourish.

Happy Writing!

Illustration by Debra McFarlane. For inspiration for your own fairy muse visit





Writing journey

Jumping into the unknown

As a child and young adult, writing played a big part of my life. Stories were scribbled in umpteen notebooks, characters created on any available scraps of paper and otherworlds sketched on school work. If I could daydream, I was happy. As an adult, life became busy and writing was seen as something I would do one day. When I did have time to sit down to write, fear of failing and being seen as silly took over. The dream of writing a novel was put aside. Life has a habit of throwing situations at you which makes you reconsider what makes you happy and what you would really like to achieve however scary. Writing made me happy and I want to capture that feeling again.

NanoWriMo is the perfect opportunity for me to stop procrastinating and give my characters a voice so their tales are told. I doubt I will acheive 50,000 words  because health issues and life still likes to throw obstacles my way but if I write  5000 I will be a step closer to finishing my novel. I wish following a dream wasn’t so scary but as J K Rowling says “Anything is possible if you have got enough nerve”.