Monday, September 28, 2009

Theory of Chaos

The Theory of Chaos states that a decent muse can only exist in a house with un-vacuumed floors and un-scrubbed toilets.

Today I cleaned my house.

My mind is blank. My cursor mocks me. I have written words, but they will not keep. My storyline refuses to move forward.

I'm pretty sure 409 and Comet are sworn enemies of my muse, and that to write well I must live in a state of chaos.

Fortunately I have a three year-old that will restore chaos to my home as soon as he wakes up tomorrow.

21 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness--I am going to live by your theory from now on! It will make me feel better about my messy house :) I think it might be true too. I write better when I do it first thing in the morning when my house is still a complete wreck. If I clean first and then write I'm never as productive.

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  2. Muses love big, huge piles of dirty laundry. They build little caverns and houses out of them.

    (Feel your pain.....I have an hour to write tonight and I'm surfing blogs because the ideas won't come.)

    Shelley

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  3. Hehe. You poor dear. It's the fumes. But also, take a deep breath and ask your characters why they don't want to move forward. It seems like you're at about the same amount of words where mine always rebel. Why? Because they don't want me to do mean things to them. But I have to, and it hurts to push them off the cliff.

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  4. Part #1 Been there. Definitely been there. :)

    Part #2 Wow!! Look at how far you've come on your WiP! This really is The Story that Shall be Finished. Woo hoo!

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  5. i think I agree with you, as last Tuesday I waited until my house was clean and didn't write a word. This past week with having a bad back, the house is a wreck and I got a lot done. I think I'll test your theory tomorrow.

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  6. Natalie-Really, we writers should never feel guilty about a messy house because we are only trying to create:)

    Shelley-And I did all my laundry today. Darn!

    Natalie-I have to be really mean to some of my characters now. You are right. That could very well be what is holding me back...that, and the fumes.

    Renee-I know, I'm really excited. I was hoping I could continue writing efficiently, but then I had to go and clean my house.

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  7. Patti-Maybe pain helps you write. The Theory of Pain? We should look into it.

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  8. Love that, the three-yr-old who restores chaos. Can I send my two-yr-old over to your house? I'll send some Comet in the diaper bag. :P

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  9. Wow, I'm really surprised I haven't finished my book already. I guess other components besides a decent muse are required.

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  10. I am going to start using this as my excuse. I love it. I've been pretty impressed with how fast your word count is flying up though. I always seem to have a section I have to push through as well. So, don't stress, it will come (especially once the clean house smell is gone).

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  11. I love that you have your own chaos creator to "restore chaos" That's a positive spin if I've ever hear one. :)

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  12. Terresa-Oh yes, please-although my son has done a pretty good job of it already.

    David-Maybe your home is just not messy enough then. You really need to work on that.

    Kasie-I think I'm at that section. I like the first half of the book-it's the whole tying it up that is challenging.

    Candice-And soon I'll have two. It's funny how newborns can create the most chaos and they just lie there.

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  13. Okay, I love this theory. I was going to clean today, but no way am I going to scare off my muse! Great excuse to not clean.

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  14. LW-I am thinking about not doing my laundry today. There are two baskets unfolded. I just really need to write something good.

    Jessica-There are those cynics that question theories, theories that have been proven true. You must be one of them. But we can still be friends.

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  15. Your muse must have gone to the same Muse Academy as mine.

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  16. They say chaos is the highest form of order. Maybe it's the greatest source of creativity too. Any excuse not to clean or do laundry. ;)

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  17. maybe you can go green - your muse might be eco-conscious :)

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  18. Shelli-my muse does not believe in recycling but only fresh new ideas, ones that are not biodegradable but stand the test of time...or so I like to think.

    Tamika-I made it to your fridge? I'm flattered.

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  19. I don't know, in show business they say 'break a leg' means good luck, but I'm not sure if that applies to your muse tripping over clutter.

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  20. This is hysterical. Resolve Carpet Cleaner is the enemy of my muse.

    I don't think I ever even did any spring cleaning.
    ~ Wendy

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  21. I'm sure he can tornado through your house and bring it all back into writing alignment for you very quickly. :O)

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