Unlock the Muse – September 26, 2018

September has flown by in a blur of soccer balls, football games and more practices than it should be humanly possible to attend. All of this while I’m trying to complete a reading challenge, write a novel and maintain a full-time job. But I’m chasing a dream. And if that means I have to slog through the wet, muddy fields of fall sports, then I say, bring on the cleats! Let’s do this thing!

I’ll be honest, I’ve been struggling with the writing of late. I’m sure my busy schedule has a lot to do with it. Next month, NaNoWriMo plans begin in earnest. I’m going to have to make some adjustments if this is going to work.

Here’s your writing prompt for this week:

If you could leave on vacation today, where would you go? Write the journey you long to take.

Will you journey alone? Or is this a family vacation? Do you long to show your children where you grew up? Is it a journey of discovery? Escape? Who will go with you? And what will you take?

Part of what Anne Lamott talks about in her book, Bird by Bird, is being in the right frame of mind. Or I suppose you could say, the write frame of mind. She encourages the writer to look around, observe what’s happening around you in the now. This is where the writing comes from. Learn to really see what’s going on. She says:

Writing is about learning to pay attention and to communicate what is going on. Now, if you ask me, what’s going on is that we’re all up to here in it, and probably the most important thing is that we not yell at one another. … Writing involves seeing people suffer and, as Robert Stone once put it, finding some meaning therein. But you can’t do that if you’re not respectful. If you look at people and just see sloppy clothes or rich clothes, you’re going to get them wrong.

So go out this week and observe the world. Watch and record what you see. But don’t just look. See. Attempt to understand. Bring meaning to the world around you.

It’s fun and games week, and it’s all about Actions! I’ve rolled out the Rory’s Story Cubes for you. Use one, or all nine to inspire a your writing. Look, even here I can’t get away from the soccer! Have fun!


As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, this weekly post will be undergoing some changes in the new year. Some features may disappear, others will be combined together. My goal is to find a sharper focus for this post in order to become a better source of encouragement for writers. I would love to hear what you enjoy most about these posts.

Happy writing!

Please consider sharing a link to your response to the writing exercise. Got a question? Just ask!

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