Well, maybe this post should actually be titled, "Writing With Your Friends Outside, Humoring You While You Sit Inside Writing." Because that's what happened this weekend. My roommate and I invited a mutual friend over for an impromptu cookout. I prepped my part of the meal. Then I sat down to write and got into an unexpected groove, just as the mutual friend showed up.
Uh oh. Not exactly polite.
Creativity is a pain in the rear-end sometimes, I tell you. It's hard to train yourself to discipline that muse to show up within the right hours of the day. She's fickle, fiercely independent, and argumentative. So when she shows up and cooperates by giving me a flow of writing, I don't like to turn her down.
Thank goodness my two friends humored me the other day. They lit the grill, prepped the steaks, and chatted while I finished typing up the scene I had in my head. Of course, I knocked out the writing fast, so I could eat and chat for the rest of the evening, muse-free.
But I've never been in that situation before: hit by inspiration in the midst of a "party." How about you? Have you ever faced a similar situation? What did you do about it? I'm curious, and I want to hear about it from you!
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