Tag Archives: The Muse

One Place on Earth You May Find a Heaven to Write In…or About

*by Jean Foster Akin* If Heaven exists, and many people hope it does, there will have to be soft white sand underfoot, salty air in the nostrils, the cry of seagulls on the ear, and the sight and sound of … Continue reading

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One Great Way To Make Your Muse Start Talking Again

*by Jean Foster Akin* We’ve all been there: staring at a blank page on the laptop, our brains doing that clenched fist thing, and none of the words it squeezes out are just right. You have no idea where the … Continue reading

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Mindfulness: The One Practice Every Writer Should Perfect

by Jean Foster Akin Once one comes to the understanding that this moment is all one has—that Before is a memory and no longer exists, and Some Day is a dream that may never come—one begins to understand Now. As a writer, … Continue reading

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An Elbow, A Cart Horse, A Drug Addiction: What Inspires You?

It’s fun finding out how famous works were first imagined. Sometimes stories are spurred on by some strange person or event experienced by (or read about by) the author, and the subsequent novel birthed seems reasonable to the reader when he’s … Continue reading

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When the Muse Whacks You Upside the Head (or, Letting Robin Williams Skip the Script)

by Jean Foster Akin Something mysterious happened to me yesterday. Something magical. It’s happened to me before, but I’ve never thought to tell you about it until now. I’m writing a mystery for an adult audience. My first book was traditionally … Continue reading

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Trusting the Muses to Arrive On Time

Well, it has been a whirlwind the last few months! My family and I are soon leaving New York State and heading to the South. All the work preparing a house for the market has left me scant time for … Continue reading

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