I have come to some interesting conclusions of late with regard to my muse.
1) My muse is a male. This shocked me as much as it probably shocks you. After all, I write historical romance and one would think a female muse would be the inspiration behind the story though I admit it is small minded of me to assume a romance is written by a female. But, now that I know his name, he is certainly not a she.
2) His name is Patrick. Why do I know this? This name consistently appears in my novels. I don’t know why. I try to never use the same name twice (which is very difficult by the way). Yet, the name Patrick always figures in. I didn’t even notice until one of my critique partners pointed it out to me. I don’t even know any Patricks. While it is my brother’s middle name, he is the last person I am thinking about when I envision these secondary characters. Which is rather interesting because even though Patrick figures into almost every novel, he never takes the lead, is never the hero. He is always the secondary. I wonder what the psychology is behind that.
3) He is jealous. I discovered that in these past two weeks. While Patrick had all but abandoned me while I was trying to write, he made an appearance when it was impossible for me to indulge him. During December and a good portion of January I did what I could to coax him out of hiding so I could get more work done on my current WIP. But, no matter how hard I tried, I struggled to get the right words on the page. Then, at the beginning of February I began work on Music Man where I was in charge of hair and makeup. The more I became busy with the show the more Patrick started talking. I mapped out scenes and dialogue ran through my head. Unfortunately, I couldn’t do anything about it because I was too exhausted by the time I got home. So, Patrick likes to play games. If I want him around, he plays hide and seek but the minute I turn my attention to another creative endeavor he is front in center demanding that I pay attention to him.
Do you have issues with your muse? Is it a male or female and do they have a name?