My favorite muse on inspiration, Netflix, and telling other writers what to do

Sandy Ackers

Author Bill Eisele interviewed me!

I first met Sandy Ackers 20 years ago when we joined the same writing class in San Francisco.  Sandy’s writing dazzled  me at the time.  Two decades later, she’s inspiring a legion of creators as an online, certified muse for the masses.

Following is an interview I did recently with Sandy from her home in San Francisco.

Sandy, thank you for being everyone’s muse! What is the secret to phenomenal creativity?

The secret is that there is no secret! Working on your craft regularly, whether you feel inspired or not (also known as the butt-in-chair technique) is the path to opening up your creativity. I’d also add that allowing yourself to enjoy the journey, rather than focusing on the result, is crucial. That sounds simple, but many of us judge ourselves harshly if we don’t write something magnificent every time we sit down to work. When we write, we construct a reservoir of creative experience…

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Visual Inspiration—Photo Prompt #76

Let this image engage your muse. Write a paragraph, a short story, a poem, a memory, a journal entry … or whatever you feel inspired to create. And share your creations in the comments if you’d like!

factory cows

 

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Dive Into a Spring Word Pool

Take a leap into this word pool celebrating spring!

Use some (or all) of these words to create a poem, jot a paragraph, capture a memory…

Write something serious, absurd, fun, reflective…go wherever your muse takes you. And, as always, I love it when you share your creations in the comments.

blueberries, breeze, sunshine, daffodil, dawn

rainshower, ripples, robin, meadow, rainbow, dance

abundance, linger, blossom, green, run, smile, warm

Here’s mine, a haiku today:

Daffodils ripple
Rainbow dances on meadows
Sun smiles at spring’s dawn

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Trying to Capture the Elusive Muse

In a dream, I swim through a beautiful ocean of words, until I meet a very old tortoise who whispers the perfect sentence in my ear. I can’t remember the sentence when I wake, but my hair is wet.
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One of my greatest frustrations with my muse arises when she provides incomplete information. When inspiration strikes, I want to see the whole picture. To visualize the complete story, imagine exactly how the scene unfolds or clearly hear the voice of an important character. But the truth is that muses almost always provide only fragments. That’s actually the muse’s job. To offer a spark of inspiration. Then we must turn the spark into something more. So many of my best pieces of creative writing have arisen when I started with just a hint of an idea, a hazy image, a line of dialogue or a brief moment of action that I first told myself wasn’t worth pursuing. But when I push aside the voice that tells me “No,” and insist on following the flash of inspiration, I often find something lovely unfolding. Writers frequently talk about how their wonderful novels, memoirs, plays, screenplays and poems originated with such snippets. I find it really helps me to remember that when I’m annoyed at my Muse for only providing me with wet hair while leaving the perfect sentence balanced on the tip of my tongue.

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Visual Inspiration—Photo Prompt #75

Let this image engage your muse. Write a paragraph, a short story, a poem, a memory, a journal entry … or whatever you feel inspired to create. And share your creations in the comments if you’d like!

statue-rising-from-underground-enlarged

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Make A Creative Leap


Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.

—Ray Bradbury

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Visual Inspiration—Photo Prompt #74

Let this image engage your muse. Write a paragraph, a short story, a poem, a memory, a journal entry … or whatever you feel inspired to create. And share your creations in the comments if you’d like!

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About Sandy Ackers

Sandy

Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach and Writer.

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