Vietnam Memorial has always touched me deeply so I thought it would be a very appropriate picture for this Monday's Muse. I wish I knew who painted it so I could give them credit, but I despite my research I couldn't find out who. If you know please leave me a comment and I'll give them credit. My father served in Vietnam and though he didn't die in the war, he died because of it many years later. It was cancer caused by exposure to the chemical agent orange. Many of the soldiers who survived Vietnam and the severe PTSD that followed, finally succumbed one of the numerous cancers caused by this chemical.
So what does this have to do with my writing muse? And how on earth can something so depressing be inspiring? Since you asked. . . Like pictures, writing is all about the emotions it evokes in us. Actors often use powerful events in their own lives to elicit emotion when they need it. We writers can, and should, do the same thing. Emotion is what draws me to the pictures I choose to feature on Monday's Muse. When you're working on your novel think about what emotion you're trying to elicit from the reader. If you're having trouble with a chapter try finding a picture that brings out that emotion in you. You might be surprised by how much it helps!
This week's song for my muse is appropriately, Paint It Black by The Rolling Stones: http://www.amazon.com/Paint-It-Black/dp/B0016CVICU
Happy Memorial day to all of America's soldiers, their families, and the loved one's who support them. I appreciate your efforts and your sacrifice, each and every one of you.