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Find the Muse Within the Story

How to Recognize and Search Beyond Ordinary Inspirations

Dave King

Writing is hard. If you don’t have something driving you to keep going, some dream that will get you through your fifth revision or past the writer’s block that sets in after chapter eight, you won’t make it. You need a muse.

But there’s a danger in picking the wrong one. Some muses will lead you happily through your final draft, only to abandon you with a novel in a drawer that you never look at again. After being worked over by one of these false muses, you may get so discouraged that you take up another hobby. Which would be a shame because being a writer is a wonderfully fulfilling way to spend your life.

No, if your true calling is writing, ...

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