Unlock the Muse – February 5, 2019

It is the beginning of a new month. I hope January treated you well, and you’ve come away from that first month in the new year with a renewed energy to tackle whatever writing project you’re currently working on.

I hope you’re ready, it’s time to get to work!

Inspire
Here’s your writing prompt for this week:

Music is poetry. Write a poem intended to be sung. If you’re musically inclined, try singing it when you’re finished.

I’ve never done well with poetry. Most of the time when I read it, I feel like I’m missing a crucial point, leaving me vaguely disappointed. I want to like it, and sometimes I do. I’ve tried my hand at writing it, but I think I’m lacking a basic understanding of the genre to really do much with it. Still, I think it’s a good creative exercise to play around with different forms. So go on, play! Sing! Dance! Create!

Encourage
Life is full of distractions – day jobs, school, families. Sometimes, though, these “regular” distractions are the easiest to work around. It is the self-sabotaging distractions – the time-wasting variety – that I struggle with the most. I also suffer from “shiny new idea” syndrome, and too often find myself jumping from project to project without finishing anything.

Therefore, I’ve chosen the theme of Focus for the month of February. I’ve made the decision to focus on a single project (it’s a five-book series, so it will keep me busy for awhile). Also, for the month of February, I’ve narrowed that focus to work specifically on characters. My goal is to have as many characters fully developed as I possibly can by the time Camp NaNo arrives in April.

What project are you working on right now? Commit to that one project for the month of February. Narrow your focus to accomplish a specific task.

Happy writing!

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