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There is no muse, and other unsettling principles: 6 of 6 - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
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There is no muse, and other unsettling principles: 6 of 6
7. If I cannot appeal to my muse – my God, I must listen to my editors!
 
Yes. Count yourself lucky. Jammy, in fact, exceedingly so.
 
8. But … oh, God, if there’s no muse, I’m on my own, and want to do my own work and paddle my own canoe.
 
Precisely. Welcome to reality. You’ll find it freeing once you give over curling up in a corner and trembling like a paranoid hedgehog.
 
And, incidentally, if it matters to you – and it damned well ought to do – it will allow and indeed force you to become a writer. Damn the crutches and sticks and literary Zimmer frames: arise and walk.
 
Here endeth the lesson.


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leni_jess From: leni_jess Date: October 11th, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for this provocative series, just and chill as the winter wind, and I hope as encouraging to brisk and meaningful activity.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 13th, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

It is a bit brusque, I fear.

I'm rejoiced that it is not valueless, even so. Thank you.
From: optasia Date: October 12th, 2011 09:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you Wemyss!!
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 13th, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

You're very welcome.

And I am obliged to you for yr kind words.
el_staplador From: el_staplador Date: October 13th, 2011 06:51 am (UTC) (Link)
my God, I must listen to my editors

Ha, yes. I am reminded of the scene in The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass where somebody refuses to change a single word of an execrable sketch because 'I was led to write those words!' One is not always right.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 13th, 2011 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Indeed one isn't.

Specially so when one is cherishing one's preciousness. Thank you.
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