Guest Post: Making My Muse Talk By Emily Cale
My muse is an extremely fickle creature. Some days, he seems to spend all his time tapping me on the shoulder and giving me little bits of dialogue that demand to be scribbled on whatever sheet of paper is nearby. By the time I’m heading to bed, I’m begging him to shut up and leave me alone for a few short hours. Other days, he sulks in the corner and refuses to speak to me. I never know exactly what I did wrong, only that I better find a way to apologize. A little sweet talking and wine tends to calm him down.
I never really believed in muses when I started writing. I didn’t believe in writer’s block either. The more I wrote, the more I started to think there might be something to this whole discussion. Some stories feel easy. I start writing and my characters immediately have a personality that directs the entire plot. With these, I can’t seem to type fast enough to keep up with the snippets that pop into my head at all hours of the day and night. Usually they show up when I’m showering or driving and can’t write them down. I love when this happens though, because it means I finish ahead of schedule and generally feel better about the story.
Getting Ahead fell into the other category. Some stories seem to need a little nudging. I have the idea, but can’t seem to get anything right. I find myself rewriting scenes, staring at blank pages, and generally feeling like I’ll never actually get to the end. That’s when I really need my muse. I find that he often needs a little push to respond to my pleas. Long baths often loosen him up, especially when they involve bubbles and candles. Wine is also a good gift. After a few glasses, he is more likely to open his mouth and give me a couple good lines. Finally, he enjoys long walks. He’d probably enjoy the beach, but usually has to settle for my suburban neighborhood.
The moral of the story here is that he likes to be wined and dined in exchange for his services. Not unlike Amber, who demands a little wooing from Colt before she’s ready to accept his help.
Colton is exactly the kind of distraction Amber doesn’t want, but he might be exactly what she needs to get back on track.
Recovering from a bad fall during competition, Amber McDonald decides to spend her last week of training before her next rodeo at a Colorado ranch, away from any and all distractions. It’d be the perfect arrangement—if only her fear wasn’t stopping her from getting back on her horse.
Then Colt Riley steps in. He’s sexy and seems to have incredible insight into her situation, but he’s everything she’s been trying to stay away from.
Colt knows exactly what Amber is going through…because he’s been there before. Forced to give up his riding career after an accident, he sets his mind to helping her get back on track. All that’s easier said than done, especially when she discovers his hidden past. Will his efforts be enough to help her get ahead?
About The Author:
Emily Cale spent the majority of her childhood as a visitor to the worlds of her favorite authors. With encouragement from her English teachers, she put pen to paper and began imagining her own stories. Preferring the fascinating lives of her characters, she majored in creative writing. When not lost in a manuscript or a good book, she enjoys crocheting, rock climbing, and playing board games. She currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband and a very spoiled cat.