Friday, January 15, 2010

Hitching Posts

Back in the horse and buggy days, there were hitching posts all along main street--in front of the saloon, the general store, and sheriff's office, and so forth. The idea was, of course, to keep your horse(s) from running off while you conducted your business. You might go from one store to another to another, all the while, leaving your horses safely tied to the post.

Howdy! Perhaps that's the way we should consider our writing: say the hitching post is your muse and your horse and/or buggy (story idea) is tied up to it, as a safe place, and from there, you springboard onto different ideas for stories, replete with rich characters, plot, and so forth, all the while coming back to your muse for inspiration and a stable foundation.

If you forget to tie up your horse at the hitching post, you can come back for it, and find it gone, or galloping down the street without you. Not good. Have you ever come back to your muse to find your story idea has gone galloping off down the road without you? Take a deep breath, find that hitching post, or center, within yourself, then run like heck to grab your horse!


Phyllis Campbell said...

This is a good way to look at it!


Unknown said...

Girl, you are just too cute! I'm off to find my horse. He ran away, but I think my muse was riding him. :)

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed the post. Made me think of home. Where I'm from there are still hitching posts. Amish Country. It's also a nice way to think of your muse, but I don't think mine would be too happy about being tied up, lol.

Morgan Mandel said...

Good reminder. I took a break today for a few minutes and need to get back to the hitch post.

Morgan Mandel