There are times when the words seem to positively leap from the mind straight onto the screen (or pad) without any help from the fingers. At the end of it all, you’re left with a good few thousand words. I go through such bouts, thought they are rarer now. My record was completing two chapters (at roughly 3000 and 4800 words respectably) in one night.
This is when Museus Overloadus can kick in.
Not to be confused with the more serious muse-targeting illness of Writous Blockous, of which it bares many similarities, Museus Overloadus is a temporary shutdown of the muse, paralyzing all but plot outlining sections of a muse’s psyche. It can be identified by the following symptoms:
· Staring blankly at the work which was progressing so smoothly.
· An urge to go over (and over) what you wrote last, in the hope that it’ll spark off more ideas.
· Utter disgust at yourself, the story and anyone/thing else in grumble range. This includes mumbling at the departed muse.
· The tendency to browse sites, read those books you were going to read, watch mindless TV or play equally mindless computer games.
· The urge to write something odd.
· Like This.
Recommended course of action:
Unfortunately, scientists have yet been able to successfully create a vaccine for Museus Overloadus. The most common form of treatment is still Rest.
A word of caution:
Attempting to plough on through a bout of Museus Overloadus can lead to Writous Blockous. If symptoms persist seek treatment immediately.