When your muse goes into hiding, what do you do? Do you spend hour upon hour playing Solitaire? Do you answer all of the nonsensical e-mails that you receive from listmates? Do you sit at your keyboard, fingers poised, staring at a blank screen for endless days desparately wishing something, anything would come to you?
Too much of that can lead to the real muse-killer, self-doubt! I can't write. I can't think of anything. All of these people are writing volumes on every imaginable topic and I can't come up with one word. I should just quit! Now you have started down a very slippery slope. If you continue on this path you will end up drowning in a very deep pool of hopelessness. Trust me, you won't find your muse in there.
Now it is true that you may be able to force the words to come while sitting at your keyboard, but if you aren't typing anything the chances are slim. Start typing! Set up a blog and type about your inability to write. Type anything, it really doesn't matter what, just type until the muse returns.
If that doesn't work for you get out of your office. Take a walk. Turn to a favorite hobby. Read a book. Treat yourself to a massage, a manicure, or time in the park feeding the ducks. Quit trying to write and think about something else. Your muse may have left due to boredom. Add something stimulating to your life to entice the muse to return.
Perhaps a change of style will get you back into the swing of things. If you always write at a keyboard, switch to pencil and paper. If you always write at a desk, curl up in an easy chair or try writing outside (while the weather is nice), and get some fresh air at the same time. If you always write novels, take a break and write a poem, or an article about writing.
Whatever you choose to do, don't under any circumstances give up writing. If you quit I can absolutely guarantee you won't succeed!
(c)Sharon A. Soffe 2005