Unlock the Muse – October 1, 2019

October is here! It’s my favorite time of the year. The trees are turning gorgeous colors. Leaves are crunchy underfoot. There are pumpkins – so many pumpkins! And, of course, the month ends in the festive holiday of Halloween.

Costumes, candy, corn mazes, haunted houses and hay rides. Halloween is fun for all ages. Especially the costumes. A costume provides the opportunity to step outside of your own skin, if only for just a little while. It is an alter-ego you quite literally garb yourself with and pretend to be something, or someone, you are not.

Here’s your writing prompt for this week:

The critic inside you can prevent you from writing freely. Give this critic a name, and write a short description of how it grabs a hold of you.

This is an opportunity to do a little role-playing on paper. Take on this persona of your inner critic and write yourself right into a corner. Keep that critic there indefinitely. At least, if you’re working on drafting. Be sure to let the critic find a way out when it comes time for editing.

So yes, the theme for the month of October is Disguise. As a writer, we get to take on the roles of a variety of characters. Get into the heads of your characters. Dig deep into the motivations that drive them. Walk around in their shoes for a time and live in their skin.

Happy writing!

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