A Tease

Posted On May 20, 2022

Photo by Michele Venne

I’ve been jotting notes about a 3-month plan. This includes shuffling file folders, story starters within those folders, writing sticky notes about groups of stories that could be serials or novellas or another novel series, eyeing 3 nonfiction projects, and doing a little research and a whole lot of thinking about tiers for Patreon. What I don’t have a lot of are behind-the-scenes tasks. I have 5 of 8 that don’t involve the creation of content. I feel like my list of ideas, those file folders of story starters, are a tease to creativity. My movie screen is blank.

I think while I’m driving to the barn. I think while I’m driving home, while I eat breakfast, in between clients, in the evening when I take a walk around the backyard to check the garden, the humming bird feeder, and put hay in the steamer for Holly. And all the while, my muse is nowhere to be found. I have the space and the time and even the initial ideas for story creation. And yet…

I used to tell myself, “Write despite.” And then I would get frustrated when I couldn’t. Now I find myself with other obstacles to writing, like being exhausted at the end of the “work” day. Headaches are common for me after staring at the screen for hours while meeting with clients. My eating schedule is wonky because, for the past 2+ months, the clients’ schedules haven’t exactly lined up with mine. The prospect of writing fiction, of returning to the joy of creating stories seems just around the corner, just out of my grasp.

I know better than to put off contentment or counting my blessings until things line up just the way I want. I have 2 more days with clients, then a deafening abyss. Hence my 3-month plan 🙂 I think it might take a little while to adjust to less screen time, to shift my schedule, to not think or plan or organize… and maybe that bit of space will tease my muse to reappear.

Written by Michele Venne

Writer of immersive and intriguing stories.

Related Posts


Photo by Michele Venne This week I've been thinking about moments. I'm not sure if it's the season of life I'm in, the changing of seasons where I live, or if my paid work is catching up to me. I find myself falling further and further behind on my to-do list. I...

Finishing Energy

Photo by Michele Venne Joanna Penn, a successful indie author from the UK talks about beginning energy and finishing energy. She does a ton of research before she writes her thriller novels. All that builds up to support her writing the story. When she gets her...

Being in the Moment

Photo by Michele Venne I got an opportunity this week to do something I haven't done in years. I was excited to pull out materials stored in the garage, flip through the pages, and reacquaint myself with one of the loves of my first career: teaching language arts. I'm...


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

I accept the Privacy Policy