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Monday, October 18, 2010
MUSE THERAPY Extra Tips & Tidbits: UnderDog To The Rescue!
Happy Monday, Creative Divas and Dans!
For the next adventure on our Behind & Beyond My Books, I'm sharing with you a few of the fabulous MUSE THERAPY Extra Tips & Tidbits you'll find thru-out MUSE THERAPY: UNLEASHING YOUR INNER SYBIL.
MUSE THERAPY begins with an exercise I call Name That Muse.
And here's a fabulous example of why Naming Your Muse(s) is sooo important to shoring-up your courage to stay on your Yellow Brick Road to Publishing Oz...
Today's Tip & Tidbit is all about how Naming Your Muses is step numero uno in
beating the big bad doubt demons packing debilitating punches on your
How familiar does this writer's Name That Muse-woes sound?
"I'm not sure I have a name for my muse yet. Best I can come-up with now is
that little Droopy from old Warner Brothers cartoons. I know it gets depressive
whenever I have submissions out on editors' desks. I'm at the tail-end of my
second round through my agent and every time she sends out my stuff I become
paralyzed in a way. The waiting is rough and then I start questioning
everything. 'Do I keep writing this series? Do I try something else? Will my
agent suddenly decide she made a mistake and my stuff WON"T sell?' When the
'no's' start trickling in it hikes up the tension even more. And if I'm having
trouble mailing down the particulars of the NEXT book (which I seem to be
experiencing now) it's even worse b/c it's very easy to start thinking I'll
NEVER nail down the next book. Once I do finally get into a new project I'm
alright, but until that happens it's no fun. Doesn't help when the day job
keeps me so occupied that I can't really concentrate on a new project."
Okay...Thank God this dog-bitten writer was in Muse Therapy!
I soooo got rid of Droopy Dog.
I "got it" loud and clear that our fabulous writer wasn't empowered by that
particular muse mutt. To the contrary, that dog wasn't doin' her any good or
cuttin' the mustard for her career period!
Drum roll please.
Can you hear the snazzy-sharp snare playin' sweet music?
I'd like to present you with - UnderDog!!!
This was the dog that would always say in his 1970s cartoon 'Have no fear,
UnderDog is here!'
That was the name of the Superman-like cartoon dog with the fabulous cape.
I had this anxiety-ridden writer get a big picture of UnderDog and tape it up in
her office - somewhere she could see the super mutt all the time. Then, when
all her career crap started piling up, she could say, and repeat after me (and
maybe get a cape for some extra fun drama) 'Have no fear, (insert writer name
here) UnderDog is here!'
Even the message inherent in UnderDog's name reminds our fabulous writer in
distress that yeah, publishing is tough but UnderDogs can be heroes too! But
only if you believe in yourself and your muses and keep going for the gusto!
As their namesake Carrie Bradshaw does with panache, my muses The Carrie Squad
hang tough just like UnderDog. And to reward The Squad's tenacity, I take them
on the Muse Therapy "Trips" I describe in MUSE THERAPY's Chapter One.
In other words, I take them anywhere they like to go and/or would like to go to
make them happy. I treat their creative psyches to both old favorites and new
stimuli to distract them from the hurry-and-wait, pitch-fork-yielding patience
Give your muses a name then gift them with attitude make-overs!
We want to come at and build our creative kingdoms from a place of pampering our
muses to fabulous production levels rather than forcing them into submission.
So kick 'em in the butt a bit first...you know, kind of a tough-love, love-tap
thing...then win 'em over with whatever makes them tick...as long as it's legal
Sexy Sassy Smart Muse Therapy UnderDog Wishes --- D. D. Scott
P.S. Throughout the rest of MUSE THERAPY, I give you brief Meet-and-Greets with
other writer's muses. We can all learn sooo much from what inspires each of us
Labels: All-Things-Muses, Behind and Beyond My Books, Muse Therapy, Muse Therapy Extra Tips and Tidbits
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