Mary Ann Hogan
Chips Quinn Writing Coach
Do you know where my muse went? Will it come back before this project is done? — Alone in Albuquerque
Could Muse be offended because you referred to her as an it? Perhaps. More likely: You’ve been working on your project too hard for too long. The stress has squeezed the creative juice out of your brain. Do some other mind-focusing activity — sports, chess, gardening, cooking, whatever — or pump out a few daily stories to give Muse a chance to return. There’s nothing like relaxing, mindless competence to get the muses stirred.