Tuesday, April 3, 2007

How do you deal with it?

Moreover, how do you deal with it in these volumes?

Mine is currently revolving around the content in the BSR, and my contributions thereto. A couple dozen Burma-Firefly icons - the inspiration for which has suddenly run dry. Three fanfics in progress - one of which was progressing well at the time I finally found a beta, but my muses seem to have abandoned me even on those. Used to be I could fritter away on them for a couple of hours at a time and bang out two or three pages, but now in the same timeframe I'm lucky if I can cough out a single paragraph. Even then the writing is downright bland, where it used to read almost like poetry, like I majored in English at Oxford.

So what the hell's up? No idea.

Don't know if I'm just burned out, or if for some reason I've gone a touch soft in the brain pan and my inspiration has rotted away altogether. My attention span's gotten so short, I've had to reread this entry about three times just to make sure it's cogent without being redundant. Same thing with the fanfics - so dead-from-the-neck-up that I ain't even sure if they're fit for public consumption anymore.

And even if they were, you know how disheartening it is to see, per-maybe-haps, a maximum of two or three responses to every post while everybody else's posts are outscrolled by the comments thereon?

It was always that way on the Star Wars forums and it bites harder than a bad-tempered Reaver.

This well and truly sucketh. Something's gone missing from my life and it would damned sure be nice to have it back.

Where, oh where could my creativity be? *sigh*


Monday, April 9, 2007 1:28 PM


If your Muses went on vacation maybe they're trying to give you a sign that you need a vacation, too. Don't be so hard on yourself. No. Wait. Get to work with those notes we exchanged on your latest fanfic endeavor! (Fellow Browncoats, trust me, it's going to be great when it's all done. And good things are worth the wait. Steamer is just being way too hard on himself right now.)

And now time for a gripe from me: I don't much care for the Muse-girls. They get blamed and their bad rep rubs off on women in general. What about calling on Apollo for poetic guidance for a change? (Bet he's just a fickle at the whole inspiring mortals thing.)

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 9:05 AM


Thanks, folks. Good advice. What's a body to do while waiting for his muses to get back in the air, though....

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 5:23 AM


Maybe it was eaten by a bear...I'm kidding. Hmm I don't know maybe draw from something outside your usual range like read a book from the civil war or on battle tactics ...I hope you find your muse again HUGS,...and we're waiting ( no pressure or anything just reminding you folks out there await your work)

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 3:31 AM


*Meant to comment yesterday but ran out of time*

When inspiration runs dry it is dejection of the worst sort.
Several years ago, I wrote a lot of fanfic. 6 novellas; nearly 1000 KB. It was well received, and I still get occasional comments on it. I have never written anything close to being that good since I posted the last one in late 2004. The Muse fled, and has not returned.
I sympathize with what you are going through. I truly think the Burma Shave icons are great, and I enjoy them. But don't force it. If something good comes to mind, lucky you - and us. If not...

Tuesday, April 3, 2007 6:50 PM


I hear ya, Steamer. I deeply sympathize. I find my inspiration dries up pretty regularly. What do I do? I find somewhere else to put my creative energy. Sometimes it doesn't work out, sometimes it does. I just purged all my avatars from the BSR because they were taking up space and only a few people had commented. I was really excited about those, and it gave me something to mess around with, but not many others cared, while a story I spent a total of three hours on got more comments than anything I've ever done. It can't make any kind of sense or it wouldn't be creating.
Yeah, I don't know if I'm being cogent either. Try and find something else to do; give your writing muse and your burma muse a break and they'll probably be back. That's all I was really trying to say. :)


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