Several months ago, I wrote a post titled Feed the Muse: Get in the Game where I discussed the important lessons I learned from reading Ray Bradbury’s book Zen in the Art of Writing. To feed the muse, he prescribes a diet of reading (poems, short stories, essays, novels, anything really) and watching plays, movies, and TV shows.
He also stresses the importance of stepping away from your keyboard and living your life. Bradbury says, “by living well, by observing as you live, by reading well and observing as you read, you have fed Your Most Original Self.”
So go ahead. Write about everyday moments like conversations with your kids. Write about memories from your childhood. Write about the things you’ve observed: the eccentric old woman at the coffee shop, the beggar on the street, the loudmouth at your son’s baseball game, and on and on. It will help you find your voice, or at least preserve a memory.
I feed the muse by posting under the following categories:
- Book Reviews
- Conversations with My Kids
- Feed the Muse (obviously)
- Musical Monday
- Quote of the Week
I wanted to do something fun for Friday so here is one for Conversations with My Kids:
The following conversation occurred at the dinner table while my husband, son and I were discussing his baseball tournament for the coming weekend.
Son: What team do we play first?
Hubby [looking at the tournament schedule on his phone]: Team Citius.
Me [looks across table]: Sidious? That’s a strange name. What are they? Star Wars fans?
They stare at me blankly.
Me: What? You know…Darth Sidious.
Son: I think it’s Latin for something, but I think you mean Darth Vader.
Me: Oh. Well anyway, I did mean to say Darth Sidious.
They stare at me wordlessly again.
Me: C’mon. Don’t tell me I know more about Star Wars than you two. He was Chancellor Palpatine before he revealed his dark side.
Son: Oh! The freaky-looking old dude?
Hubby [shaking his head]: Momma should be on The Big Bang Theory.
Well, if I’d seen how it was spelled I wouldn’t have mistaken the team for Star Wars fanatics and imagined them in Storm Trooper uniforms.
What? It’s not a crazy idea. I just Googled “Star Wars baseball” and found this:
Heh. Heh. Oh, and it turns out my son was right. Citius is Latin for “faster.” Citius, Altius, Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger) is the Olympic motto.
Also, I apparently need to watch The Big Bang Theory, since those are my peeps. 🙂