Monday, October 4, 2010
Behind & Beyond My Books - MUSE THERAPY: Why Therapy? And Why Muses? (Part One)
MUSE THERAPY Launch-Month Mayhem (Days Two thru Four):
Happy Monday, All!!!
Today's Behind & Beyond My Books will give you a tiny taste of the huge scoop on how MUSE THERAPY came to be. And tomorrow, I'll give you another spoonful.
So here we go...Why Therapy? And Why Therapy For Your Muses?
Once upon a time my muses weren’t ticking. They were ticked off. Why? Because they were too damn tired and stressed out trying to find their way on the Yellow Brick Road to Publishing Oz. Screw the Happily Ever After. My creative divas couldn’t produce past page one.
Let me clarify a bit. I’m not talking about my ticked off muses from yesteryear, before I wrote this book to give your muses a good kick in the pants. I’m talking about my yesterday muses, or maybe the day before that, or last week and last month. ‘Cause here’s the thing...our creative divas are a constant work in progress (hereinafter referred to as WIP) as are the manuscripts of our hearts that we’re trying like Hell to get published.
Saying that writing-for-publication is tough is the bolder-than-bold-faced understatement of the new millennium.
Writing-for-publication is a bitch!
There’s just no sweeter-than-raw-sugar way to say it.
And with today’s huge economic and technological changes, it ain’t gettin’ any easier.
The ruby slipper advice that once took your manuscripts from the slush pile to Emerald City has been re-shoed.
Editors have been there, done that and are looking elsewhere for the ‘Yes...I want that one’.
It’s a new publishing world, and if you want to make it, you can’t be anything less than brave and fierce in your determination. Not only do your muses need to be dancing like nobody’s watching. They’d better be dancing their asses off for the long-haul.
But how can our muses keep bootscootin’ when publishers continuously change the beat of what they want and don’t want? When no one else is still gutting it out with you on the dance floor? When the music we like isn’t the crowd favorite or worse yet, it’s the genre publishers insist is dead?
For years, seven to be exact, I pondered these less-than-stellar writing-for-publication realities...just like you are now. Frankly, I still ponder them every day while getting my BITCHOK groove on (Butt In The Chair Hands On Keyboard) producing the next batch of pages I hope to sell to some editor somewhere over the publishing rainbow of rejection.
But not until January of 2009 while I was comfy on the couch in a Smoky Mountain chalet in Tennessee, with a spirited fire crackling and warming my fluffy-socked feet, did I discover Muse Oz.
Here I Am On The Very Day/Night - At The Actual Moment - I Created Muse Therapy!!!
On that frigid, snow-frosted mountain night, I was looking for a way to make my writing-for-publication career plan break out and stand out from the slush pile pack. I’d always been a big fan of NOT running with the wolves. Instead, I like to stay out of the pack and ahead of the leader dog just a smidgeon. So how could I get myself to be a Seth Godin Purple Cow on my Yellow Brick Road to bestsellerdom?
Godin, a Tufts and Stanford educated marketing guru, said in his New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller PURPLE COW that to transform your company (or yourself), you’ve got to be “remarkable”...as remarkable as a Purple Cow in a barnyard full of brown Hiefers. (http://www.sethgodin.com)
Here’s what I knew for sure...
Writers didn’t need to be reminded how tough writing-for-publication is.
We all “get” that! Nothing “remarkable” about that.
It just plain sucks.
And on those rare occasions we forget, there are plenty of books out there emphasizing the realities of Publishing Hell and crashing creative spirits.
What writers need are fun and productive techniques to keep their muses cranking out pages ‘til some editor somewhere likes what they put on the page and offers them the “big bucks”...or just bucks period.
So...yeah...all I had to do was write fun and productive techniques to take writers' muses from cranky to cranking-out pages. Hmmm...so where should I look for that kind of inspiration?
I'll tell you where I found it in tomorrow's Behind & Beyond My Books!
Sexy Sassy Smart MUSE THERAPY Wishes --- D. D. Scott
Labels: All-Things-Muses, Behind and Beyond My Books, Being a Gutsy Romance Writer Girl, Getting My Name and Brand Out There, Muse Therapy
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