The Writing Life: Motivate your Muse

“Some people wait for the muse to whisper in their ear. I sit down at my desk every morning and tell the muse to roll over and get her ass out of bed. I set my working hours… I also set a word minimum: a thousand words.

“If you’ve got a full-time job and a houseful of kids, (it’s difficult to find time) to devote to writing. Find one hour. Every day. It’s your other job – your writing job – and you can’t neglect it. Do it. You’re a writer.”

Ellen Sussman, author, NY Times best-selling novel French Lessons (Ballantine, 2011)

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