Imagine that?

People are always asking where writers get their ideas from. I’ve written about this before, as have many other writers. But here is a twist for you; it’s also the reason my grammar is so horrendously bad.

Okay maybe not the only reason-I have a less than stellar education-put that aside for another day.  Today I want to try and explain my mind to you.

This should be interesting.

Or not…

When I am writing, whether it’s a blog such as this or as simple as my grocery list, I don’t see words before me, I see images. The pictures or visions in my mind never shut off. Even when I’m reading, which is how I can miss so many errors… I have to concentrate hard to see them.

An easy example. I wrote a grocery list as:

Zety Doritos

mixed preztezls


And why would I write like that? Well my note pad doesn’t have auto-correct which I rely on heavily. And as I was writing I was seeing the burnt orange large bag of Zesty Doritos and the exact shelf they are in in the store.  Same with the mixed Pretzels, I saw the bag, which I now recall are named, Munchies, and again where they are located. For the tomatoes, I saw the big mound of almost ripe, juicy, red, tasty veggies and a few meals that required them. 

So if you catch a few missed errors (I do pay for professional editing by the way, no one is perfect) in my novels, please know it’s not that I don’t care. It’s that my imagination has the better of me, and I’m gad for it! My insane imagination creates the plots, characters, and everything that befalls them.

If only I could draw!

And what I was my mind seeing as I wrote this? Why I recalled writing the list, where I was standing, what I was wearing, who I was talking to, and laughing my ass off when I actually looked at my spelling.

That’s my story and I’m stick to it – what’s yours?


Surviving the writer’s life

Don’t let the hours of dull everyday work spoil your creativity, take moments here and there to write notes.

Write whatever you want, don’t worry too much the naysayers or editors, it’s your creation

Meet other writers boost each other, help each other, we all have self-doubt. Be brave 


Grow a thick skin or learn how to cordon hate into boxes labeled ‘do not open’

Keep writing always, even when you feel like a hack, everyone does at one time or another.

If you can only write a half hour a day, do it, don’t slough it off as not enough time, any writing is better than no writing.

Never forgot to enjoy time away with family and friends, have fun, writing will wait for you.

Happy writing folks, time to plug into NanoWrimo!

Theresa Jacobs

To Muse or Not To Muse

Tonight, for some reason I was contemplating — what the heck is a muse? And do we really need to be inspired by one to write?

Most of us have heard the expression, “She’s my Muse” or “The Mona Lisa is my Muse.”

Okay, so does this mean a person, place or thing (a Noun?) has to be a “muse?” Perhaps you don’t find me amusing

Here’s the definition for Muse from:

As a verb, to muse is to consider something thoughtfully. As a noun, it means a person — especially a woman — who is a source of artistic inspiration.

In mythology, the Muses were nine goddesses who symbolized the arts and sciences. Today, a muse is a person who serves as an artist’s inspiration. Often filmmakers talk about a certain actor being a muse — meaning the actor inspired a movie. Writers, painters, musicians and other artists have muses. Muse can also refer to thinking deeply. If you muse about something, you’re giving it serious thought. You can’t muse in five seconds. People muse on certain ideas for years.

While it is a verb, or a noun, depending on your use of the word, a muse isn’t some magical fairy that comes and sprinkles idea juice into your brain.

Personally, I don’t have a muse, most of the time I don’t even have a clue!

When I sit to write, I open the page and start writing. I see images in my mind, not words on the page, which is perhaps why my spelling and grammar are so poor. I think in terms of pictures and try to capture what I see for my audience.

The perfect example is the current contest I am entering, they give us a theme (I hate themes, but it’s their rules), Person in a Hole.

So, I sat at my computer and had the stupid image of a person standing in a hole in my head, I had to delete that really quick, and I changed the thought to someone in trouble, alone, must help themselves out, and then I began to type. I could see the troubled person and situation happening over and over, all I had to do was write up to the “hole” and write them out of the “hole”.

Never once did I consider a muse. I envisioned and I wrote. Simple as that.

So hogwash to the muse, grab your brilliant ideas from wherever they appear and go write something today.

Happy Writing Folks!

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