This guest post is by Joy Collado. Joy is a freelance writer and author from the Philippines. Follow Joy on her blog, joybcolladowrites.com, and on Twitter (@JoyCollado).

You’ve been working on your novel. You know you have strong characters and a great plot. You’re even excited to plan about your book promotion. The problem is, you still have dozens of chapters yet to write. Where are you going to find inspiration?

Your Muse

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Every night before you sleep, you see your story unfold right before your eyes. But when you sit down to write, words just don’t seem to come out easy. Meanwhile, your unfinished novel is aging in your hard drive, waiting for you to unleash its powerful characters, picturesque of worlds, as you figure out how to summon your muse.

Instead of looking for outside forces to inspire you, why not look into your character and let him be your Muse?

Three Tips to Let Your Character Be Your Muse

Nobody knows your characters more than you do. You know their secrets, dreams, fears and even their favorite expressions or gestures. Use this to your advantage.

As you look into each of your character’s eyes, it will be impossible for you not to write. Especially since you’re writing about them in the first place. Here are three tips to allow your character to be your muse.

1. Your Character Talks, You Write

Everyone has their own story. So what’s your character’s story? Write down everything that he or she tells you. Be attentive as he or she opens up.

Ask yourself you accurately captured her emotions and reactions. Let her real personality show. Don’t explain her own story to her. Instead, let her tell you her story. Your only job is to write.

2. Let Your Character Share His Or Her Values, Heartaches, Secrets, and Successes

In every story there is good and evil. We always strive for the good for ourselves, and your character probably does too. However, in his journey to find happiness, there will always be roadblocks. He has championed a lot of adversaries, learned so many life lessons, but without you to write those, how can he share it with the world?

He can’t do that alone. He needs you to write it down!

3. Now, Let Your Character Speak to the World

As a writer, you are your character’s voice to the world. If you don’t write her story, you’ve let her down. In fact, I’ll go as far as saying that, you’ve betrayed her. You are her author, her life depends on you. Whether people will like his story or not doesn’t matter. What matters is being true to her as you write her story.

“Stories are meant to be shared.” – Joe Bunting

While stories are meant to be shared, first you have to write them. Next time you feel like your muse has stood you up, turn to your character. See the world through her eyes, and write what you see.

What do you think? Have you ever been inspired by your character?

PRACTICE

For fifteen minutes, write about how your character in your story (the good or bad guy, doesn’t matter) will feel if you don’t get back to writing his story.

When your time is up, post your practice in the comments section. And if you post, be sure to leave feedback for other writers.