Bad lighting and big shadows can't obscure this recommendation.
THE POCKET MUSE: ideas & inspirations for writing By Monica Wood
is a fine little book. Filled with black and white photos and quotes
and story starters and snippets of genius such as
There is a special throne in heaven
for poets, who labor in obscurity.
The rest of us harbor an unexpressed
hope for fame and glory.
You might be tempted to write
for a market. You might be tempted
to ride the crest of a trend.
That kind of writing is about as stable
and fulfilling as day trading.
Write what moves you. Write what
interests you. Write what frightens
you. Write what thrills you. Take a
cue from the poets, bless their
underfunded little hearts.
Two days ago I happened upon a name that resonated with me.
I wasn't sure what to do with that name.
I pulled out THE POCKET MUSE and started turning pages.
I found what I needed.
My new project has a new notebook.
I'm excited again.