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April 29, 2012

Dance, Muse, Dance

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 3:44 pm
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There is a book called Writer’s Book of Days which actually has 2 editions out…and it is such a fantastic tool. It has a writing prompt for every one of the 365 days…since I have read both additions, I actually have 2 separate writing prompts for each day of the year. And this is why Judy Reeves is a hero of mine. Her books make my Muse dance and dance and dance.
Sometimes, I use the prompt to write about my current project…but far more often, I use it to keep my Muse dancing on other projects while I continue to work on my primary project. I have to do this because, well, she is as fickle as she is beautiful. And right now, I am editing Arianna’s Honor which is boring to my Muse because it is not creating…it is honing. I am also in the middle of the first draft of Hockey (which I think is going to be called Hoping for a Hat Trick)…and the middle of projects is where my beautiful dancing fairy also gets bored…which is why I have so many half-finished novels written.
So using Judy Reeves’ prompts works two-fold. First and most important to the whole process, it keeps her dancing…and since when she dances, I am the most productive (because she leaves me little choice), I will do whatever it takes to keep her dancing. Secondly, and only slightly less important, since it is all connected, using these prompts gives me future scenes for existing stories as well as thoughts that may become stories when there is more room on my story wall.
So thank you, Judy Reeves, for your 730 prompts. They provide a playground for my Muse that knows no bounds and has swings.



  1. So, writing something about hockey eh? I guess I need to write about something you enjoy now. Send me a topic LOL!!!

    Comment by Smokey — April 29, 2012 @ 4:11 pm | Reply

    • Um…I like ponies…and ice cream, but not together. And don’t think I haven’t already started list of questions to ask you about hockey once the first draft is written!!!

      Comment by michelle sodaro — May 6, 2012 @ 12:17 pm | Reply

  2. Hadn’t heard of that one, but will look it up now – thanks for the heads up, and happy musing.

    Comment by Liz Carmichael — April 29, 2012 @ 11:04 pm | Reply

  3. Okay, ponies and ice cream, I can so make those two go together despite your plea that they not be. Oh, what about pony flavored ice cream? You know, Temple Grandin is designing the first horse slaughter factory in the U.S. which is great for her but not so great for the horses. Anyway, I’ll see what I can do.

    Comment by Smokeynall — May 9, 2012 @ 7:42 pm | Reply

    • Hmmm…pony-flavored ice cream…um…I like ponies…but I’ve never tasted one (to my knowledge…the Chinese I ordered last week could have been anything…lol)

      Comment by michelle sodaro — May 10, 2012 @ 1:25 pm | Reply

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