Writing fiction has always felt like magic to me -- especially when I'm in the creative flow, and ideas are pouring through my brain faster than I can type. I've heard other writers describe this flood of imagination as the whispering of their “Writing Muse.”
But what exactly is a Writing Muse?
Back in the Dark Ages (before the Internet was invented,) I used to work as a writer in the marketing department of a hospital, where I developed seminars about mental health. One day, while I was eating lunch with a guest speaker, we got into a lively discussion about Creativity and Imagination – which eventually led to a juicy conversation about Psychic Phenomena.
"There’s nothing in the least bit strange about having a Writing Muse,” my lunch companion announced. “Imagination is closely connected to Intuition. Intuition results from the body-mind connection. Everybody is psychic."
I choked on my mouthful of tuna salad. I mean, I grew up in a family of die-hard Science Fiction and Fantasy readers – but we were “too rational” to think, for a single second, that Psychic Phenomena could be real!
But there I was, sitting in the hospital cafeteria with a prominent psychotherapist, who was telling me to disregard all my linear, small-minded thinking. I figured the man had to know what he was talking about. After all, he was a licensed professional counselor in the state of Texas!
So I dared to admit, "I’ve always wanted to learn how to tap my Intuition – you know, whenever I want to. Is that possible?"
He shrugged. "Go to a bookstore. Buy an audiotape with exercises that will develop your Intuition."
And I thought, The book store! Of course!
Needless to say, I practically flew to Barnes & Noble.
That decision to develop my Intuition saved my life. I’d only been practicing the exercises on my tape for seven days when my Intuition triggered. It warned me not to accompany an overly friendly, chatty man into the parking lot as I was leaving a restaurant. That man was later arrested for abducting women from shopping malls.
“The Intuitive Mind is a sacred gift, and the Rational Mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
~ Albert Einstein
Since that fateful day, I’ve had all kinds of interesting adventures with my Intuition – many with no conscious foreknowledge of an event.
For instance, while writing my fourth award-winning historical Romance novel, Scoundrel for Hire, I realized that I needed to purchase a book of Shakespearean quotes for research purposes.
As I was driving down the freeway, my Intuition urged me to delay my trip to the mall and turn my car into a shopping center. After I parked, I discovered that a used book store had opened one week earlier in that shopping center. (I swear, I had no conscious knowledge of this opening!) I ventured inside, introduced myself to the owner, and told her my mission.
The owner said I was out of luck. “It's finals week at the University of Texas,” she explained. “I sold my last book of Shakespearean quotes earlier this week."
Even as she was apologizing, her hand was reaching behind her back and pulling a book off the shelf. (She DID NOT turn to face the stacks.) Suddenly, she was frowning and staring down at the volume, as if she had no conscious memory of reaching for it.
"That’s odd," she said. "I could've sworn I sold this book of Shakespearean quotes yesterday."
(Picture Adrienne humming the theme from the Twilight Zone.)
Another fun moment with my Intuition came as I was promoting my fifth award-winning historical Romance novel, Always Her Hero. A tiny voice whispered in my head, "This one’s going to be a hardback!" And I scoffed. “Yeah, right,” I told my Intuition. “There’s no way that Avon Books is going to print Always Her Hero in hardback.”
As it turned out, I was right. But so was my Intuition! Within three weeks, my Avon editor called me with the good news: Doubleday’s Book of the Month Club wanted to buy the rights to print Always Her Hero as a hardback!
Whether you’re a paranormal reader or writer, you’ve probably wondered – like me – if there might be some small truth behind the supernatural phenomena in your favorite novels. For some people, exploring this interest is too frightening to consider. For others, it’s a lark.
For me, it’s a fascinating hobby that continues to earn me an income. The editor of a local newspaper called me one day and said, “I hear you’re a freelancer who writes about freaky things.” (::Sigh:: At least he didn’t call me a “freaky writer who freelances.”)
Mustering my dignity, I asked, “What’s the assignment?”
“Some ghost hunters are coming to town,” the editor said. “They’re investigating spook sightings at a pizza restaurant. You available?”
(Picture Adrienne muting her telephone and snickering at her UNBELIEVABLE GOOD FORTUNE!) “Well, that all depends,” I drawled. “How much do you pay?”
In the meantime, I continue to develop my Intuition so I can more efficiently tap my Creativity and my Writing Muse. If you’re as fascinated by these topics as I am, visit the writing resources pages that I’ve created for Magic and the Paranormal, Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Creativity. You'll find my fun, laugh-out-loud course on busting through Writers Block, here.