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Discipline allows magic

30 January 2014

Discipline allows magic. To be a writer is to be the very best of assassins. You do not sit down and write every day to force the Muse to show up. You get into the habit of writing every day so that when she shows up, you have the maximum chance of catching her, bashing her on the head, and squeezing every last drop out of that bitch.

Lili St. Crow


13 Comments to “Discipline allows magic”

  1. Love these, PG. I had no idea there were that many on my side.

  2. From my bulletin board (has been there a LONG time – I put it there 9/3/03):

    “The most heroic thing a creative person can do is live an orderly life so that the work can get done.” Cary Tennis

    And this is my very own: Note to self from 6/30/07: ‘All the reading in the world never produced a novel.’

  3. I like it!

  4. I was good with this until the final sentence. Sorry, but yikes!

  5. I’m with you on that JM. In mythology only dragons and other like-monsters hide certain treasures. The angels and muses show up willingly, have direct relationships with human beings. The evolution of angels into demons [say Lucifer] and human magical creatures into horrors [say, Lilith] and the gifted ones into the marauders [say the newly named Furies] is said to be what occurs when two or more religious groups get on each others’ nerves over who will dominate whom.

    • Oh, nicely articulated, USAF! Love the image of angels and muses and paladins and their shadow sides of demons and horrors and marauders. There’s a story connected to that, somewhere deep inside. Must put this in the idea file! Glad Dan sent us along this richer path! 😀

  6. When the Muse shows up, at any time, be rather kind to her. Lying there quietly in the subconscious mind, the b**** wants respect and freedom to act and respond on her own terms. Without that, she snarls and bites back, and becomes perhaps permanently hostile.

    • Muses, like guardian angels and personal demons, come in an infinite variety of temperaments. I am tempted to make an analogy to “submissives” as that term is used in the BDSM world, many of whom are anything but submissive in the regular sense of the word, but this is a family blog.

      Suffice it to say that my own Muse neither brings me tea-baskets nor, as Stephen King has said of his own, poops on my head. She likes to be chased.

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