Writing a novel is certainly a lot different than writing a play, a poem or a short story.  First of all you need at least 60,000,000 words.  So far I have 38,001.  I think the last word was “help!”

I’m sure every author struggles with this massive number of words and how to choose them without becoming redundant or repeating yourself.  Oh, did I just say that?  Anyhow, I am a self taught artist.  I’ve tried most of the arts at one point or another in my life.  I’ve never excelled at any of them, but I truly can say I’ve tried.

I’ve actually written a couple of children’s books, a screenplay and countless plays, but I’ve never tried this genre.  I used to write everything down in a notebook.  Now I rely on my computer, because I can no longer read my own writing.  Often my computer comes up with its own words and actually takes on a mind of its own.

Relying on your computer is not always best either, unless you back up your work – send unfinished copies to your friends to save – make about 45 flash drives just in case your computer crashes and you lose it all.  I know this from personal experience.

As I’ve gotten deeper into this process, I’m finding that my characters are also making their own choices.  I’ve determined that an outline is pointless for this reason, because as soon as I start to follow a plan, the various personalities take a whole new turn.  Maybe this is one of the exciting parts to writing. You’re never certain where your story will take you.

I wonder if my story will ever be resolved – how it will end – if it will end.  Worr



As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on
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24 Responses to IN SEARCH OF MY MUSE

  1. lynnabbott says:

    Oh, I’m delighted to hear you are writing a novel! Pleeeease finish it! I know I will LOVE it because you are an amazing writer!! ❤ ❤

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  2. I posted on Vincent’s reblog that I may not be muse material but I am certainly entertaining 🥳🤩

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  3. hatrack4 says:

    To get ahead on the word count, you could write Help! am million times.

    But after a few hundred, you might need a chapter break.

    Hmmm. I’m still thinking…

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    • says:

      I’ve already thought of that, but your saying it makes me think we’re on to something😜

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      • hatrack4 says:

        Maybe, but maybe not. I have written a couple of novels that never saw the light of day. Oddly, I wrote one in the 80s while riding in the carpool to and from work – longhand. It was so bad, I rewrote it as a stage play with only a moderate improvement. Then I typed it using an old Atari computer. I only have the printed version of the final left. I enjoy Deviled Yeggs more. I am not trying to be a “serious” novel writer.

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      • says:

        You make us laugh with your Deviled Yeggs. Keep them coming. I’ve had this novel in my head for most intelligent gym life. It’s a journey through life by 3 unlikely friends, their secrets, trials and endurance.

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      • hatrack4 says:

        I would read that.

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  4. sideWHACK says:

    Sometimes I like to believe that we are mere conduits for our muse to conduct its magic. Have you ever sat down and just write whatever that comes to mind?

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    • says:

      Yes that’s always been how I write. Even when I was young the words came often too easy. I believe writing from the heart is the best way for me to communicate. I used to worry about not using intelligent or flowery words. Now that I’m old, it doesn’t matter anymore. Thanks for stopping by and good luck in your writing journey.

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  5. Steeny Lou says:

    What is meant by “Worr” at the end of your post?

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    • says:

      Oh my goodness. I guess it means I need to proofread my work. Actually I made a mistake😳! Thanks for pointing it out.


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