We had the press release for my play today, and one of the questions I was asked was what inspires me; what keeps me writing new material year after year. I told them: creativity feeds creativity. It’s how I invite my muse to walk with me every day.
I can rarely settle on one project and not think about anything else, because when I create, those ideas will give life to new ideas. When I’m already tuned to seeing the world through a writer’s eyes, snapping out of it is impossible.
So what keeps me writing? Inviting my muse to walk with me, day after day, by keeping my eyes open; my mind open. And having a good conversation with the human form that my creative energy has taken in my mind.
Conversations with my muse
(Aino is writing. Muse stands by.)
M: Would you like me to sit with you?
(Muse sits down.)
M: You’re going somewhere with this.
A: Yeah, I think so too. Although I’m not sure what to–
M: You’ll figure it out.
A: I will.
M: In time.
(Aino stops writing.)
M: Your critic is yelling again, right?
M: Shut them out with your words.
(Aino writes a word.)
M: Just close your eyes and look. What do you see?
A: My characters.
M: What are they doing?
A: They’re going… somewhere… They’re going down my main character’s home street!
M: Now quick! Write it down.
M: Look over there.
A: Why won’t she turn around?
M: I don’t know. You tell me.
A: She must be…
M: Now – write.