Monday, 6 June 2011
Muse Monday – the Faerie Spirit of Tuscany by Linda Strachan
As with most spirits of the Faerie world it is often elusive and can be mischievous at times, leading me on, making me think I am doing fine and then disappearing when I need it most. But the atmosphere in Tuscany is such that I can normally summon it up after a short while and I am aware of its presence just behind my right shoulder, or perched on the edge of my chair.
It is a comforting presence, accompanied by a frisson of excitement for the work in progress.
On the occasional times when I have loaned out Tuscany to members of the family for a quiet study space, I have felt a sense of something missing and a desire to turf them out of that precious space where my muse and I work so well together.
The world outside Tuscany rarely intrudes when my muse is there, guarding that special atmosphere, where worlds of imagined people act out their lives for me as the words appear on the screen.
I took that out to Tuscany and started writing. It was a scary process because I was literally waiting for the story to unravel, to find out what it was all about, the whys and wherefore. For three weeks I worked solidly and my muse rarely left my side, until the first draft was completed. There were moments when I almost lost faith in it but the sense of that impish creature at my shoulder, urging me on, was all I needed to keep going.
My muse is bad and beautiful, wicked, impish and protective, and I wouldn’t be without it.
Thank you, Linda! Your shed looks like just the sort of place that would make a good unicorn stable...
You can find out more about Linda's books on her
and her Bookwords blog www.writingthebookwords.blogspot.com