What I Learned When The Muse Went On Holiday

I had an unexpected attack of writer’s block today. Caught me quite unaware. I sat and tried to magic up a headline and squeeze a few words out anyway, but I was completely stuck. There was a moment of thinking that I was letting myself and my regular Friday readers down by not posting at midday UK time, but I had to let my concern go. Despite myself, I just wasn’t going to be able to do it.

Off I went and made lunch in the hope that some sustenance would re-energise me. Nothing.

Finally, I sent a tweet out:

All of a sudden I got a little flurry of tweets back. DMs with some fun and dynamic headline suggestions. A useful book to read. Some tips to help. And some @messages sharing the fun and adding some different ideas to the mix. Here’s just a few:

Suddenly I was transported to another place. Somewhere that was inviting and warm, where I was no longer stuck by myself trying to make words flow. In fact, I wasn’t even worrying about it, because I was too busy enjoying hanging out.

I didn’t write the post I imagined I would, but I sure as hell had fun putting this together.

So, guys, I wanted instead to share a little love by just capturing the story.

I’ll write again Monday, or whenever the muse gets her bum off the beach. She’s pretty happy there at the moment so it’d be a shame to disturb her.

In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. Another side benefit of your lovely muse going MIA, I had a great idea for a short, sweet, affordable service I can offer. The speed and ease with which my kind brain conjured up ideas and titles for you, I’m seriously considering adding ‘Instant Muse’ to my list of services. I know I jokingly said that to you already in a dm but I’m thinking the idea might have merit. 5 blog post ideas for £10. Bargain ;)

    In all honesty, I’m not sure if I’m serious or not but it just goes to show that fab things can happen from the weirdest of downturns.

    Have a fab weekend,
    El x
    .-= El Edwards´s last blog ..Did you hear these gems the last time you felt yucky =-.

    • I think you’re absolutely right, El. The speed and clarity with which you chucked some headlines at me was astonishing. Between you and Ben Lumley I now have next weeks posts already lined up!

      5 post headlines for a tenner seems like a bargain to me. I think it’s a great idea. If your own muse has gone AWOL, buy El’s Instant Muse services. It’s too creative for words!

  2. “I’ll write again Monday, or whenever the muse gets her bum off the beach. She’s pretty happy there at the moment so it’d be a shame to disturb her.” .. LOVE that! Mine took a few months off recently too.. she came back happier for it though! :)

    • LOL! You can’t force it when it’s not working Jen, can you? As we’ve said before, so much of the blogosphere sets us up to expect ourselves to be relentless deliverers. Sure, if you’re trying to build a business you need traffic. But there’s something about having the right traffic and allowing ourselves dress down Fridays or blogging sabbaticals or whatever we need to sustain ourselves in the long term. Thanks SO much for your support today. Really valued :)

  3. I want to sign up for El’s “Instant Muse” service! in truth, tho, that’s how twitter often feels to me… full of prompts about useful things to consider. It would be nice if, El, you could add an ‘Instant KITA” service too. Recently I saw a blog that offers (something like) a ’10 minute phone call to get that one awful thing done’. you call her, tell her the awful task, agree on one (one!) next step, hang up, do it, call back and celebrate.
    cv
    .-= CV´s last blog ..Measuring Meaningful Differences- College Rankings and Identity =-.

    • lol Thanks CV. I was kinda just playing with it as an idea. I do quite love it though so we’ll see. ;)

      I have to ask though, what’s ‘KITA”? I typed it into Google and it sent me to Korea :)
      .-= El Edwards´s last blog ..Did you hear these gems the last time you felt yucky =-.

  4. I think it is really interesting that when we try to push things to happen when we feel stuck, whether that be business or personal, often the block just seems to get deeper and harder to get past. But when we let go and allow oursleves to be OK with where we are at things always seem to end up OK.
    Hope you have a good weekend.
    .-= Ali Davies´s last blog ..Work Life Balance – A Child’s Perspective =-.

    • Yeah, it’s paradoxical really, Ali, that backing off would allow you to push through. But so often it does!

      Thanks for being here. Appreciate it!

  5. KITA: Kind Initiative-Triggering Admonishment

    Must be an Americanism that doesn’t cross the pond easily.

    :-)
    cv
    .-= Cv´s last blog ..Measuring Meaningful Differences- College Rankings and Identity =-.

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