I just found an old post by Melissa Donovan on her Writing Forward blog that says, “In a sense, a writing talisman can be used to program your muse to come out and get to work, on cue,” and she offers some suggestions:
- choose something to be a creative writing talisman,
- “charge” the talisman to get it ready for use and then keep it charged (check out her article on how to do this),
- believe in it, and
- use it regularly whenever you need some inspiration.
Wouldn’t it be nice to apply talisman status to our computers so that whenever we sit down to write we will instantly be inspired? Hmmm, nope, I don’t think that’s gonna happen. But a talisman can put you in the mood, provide motivation, and remind you of goals.
My writing buddy and mentor gave me this little wooden bear that is meant to be saying, “And you’re not writing because….?” He’s always there to remind me that I have a writing goal and I won’t reach it without consistently working at it. I’ve accumulated other talismen, too. I’ll post more pictures in coming days as I get psyched up to face the approaching NaNo writing challenge.
Do you have a favourite writing talisman? How does it work for you?