I've decided that my son is my muse. Why? Because I do my best thinking when I curl up next to him in his toddler bed, attempting to be quiet while he falls asleep for naptime or at night. (Yeah, I'm one of those moms!)
At first I was annoyed that I had to stay absolutely still while he tossed and turned himself to sleep. I'd count down the minutes until I could hop up and start getting.things.done. Because that’s what I do. No idle time allowed!
But then, last fall, I was staring at the crack of light filtering under the door and the idea for a new young adult fantasy novel popped in my head. A little pearl of an idea. I had a good 15 minutes to mull it over. Did it make sense? Did it have an ending? Could I work with the characters?
The idea stuck in my head for the next few days. And every time I rested in that car bed, I worked out the finer points. I thought of a name for my main character and mulled her appearance, habits, favorite subjects.
And then I started writing. Every day I found that I had a solid 15 minutes in the early afternoon and late evening to get in the zone, get an idea culminating, and then get to work writing it out. It was amazing, the amount of writing I completed during those few months!
Recently I've been mulling over another novel, this one a dystopian, and much of my thinking is done in that little bed.
So what (or who) is your muse?