Unlock the Muse – February 19, 2019

Basketball season is coming to a close for my boys. A few weeks following that they will start soccer again. Life is busy with three boys. It never stops, and it never slows down. As a writer, finding time to focus on the current project is never easy. The trick is to fit the writing in around the sports schedule, the day job, the homework and bedtime routines.

My challenge for this final week of February is to take the moments available, turn off the unnecessary devices, block the internet, and do whatever is needed to just focus on the writing. Are you with me?

Here’s your writing prompt for this week:

Engage in primal scream therapy.

Primal scream therapy:
Psychotherapy in which the patient recalls and reenacts a particularly disturbing past experience usually occurring early in life and expresses normally repressed anger or frustration especially through spontaneous and unrestrained screams, hysteria, or violence.

Writing is hard and frustrating. Characters aren’t cooperating? The whole novel is about to be consumed by a giant plot hole? Shut yourself in a closet and scream it out.

Now go on, get back to work.

This week we’ll take a look at the word FOCUS.

1. The center of interest or activity.
2. The state or quality of having or producing clear visual definition.

1. (Of a person or their eyes) adapt to the prevailing level of light and become able to see clearly.
2. Pay particular attention to.

From the 1640s, focus comes from the Latin meaning “hearth or fireplace.” It was used in post-classical times for “fire” itself and was taken by Kepler (1604) in a mathematical sense for “point of convergence,” perhaps referring to the burning point of a lens. It was introduced into English in the 1650s by Hobbes. It’s use in the sense of “center of activity or energy” is first recorded in 1796.

Happy writing!

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