5 signs you need to fire your Muse

If you sit down to write that first chapter or the first scene in your epic short story, and any of these five scenes come dripping out of your pen, stop! Fire your muse, they are failing you.
1) you start writing a “weather report” (it’s a sunny day/raining/wind blowing, etc.);
2) your character is in a dream;
3) your character starts waking up;
4) a phone starts ringing;
5) you write about a woman running (e.g. in woods) with somebody chasing her;
And a couple of bonuses
6) anything about sweat, blood or other bodily fluids;
7) you throw something in just for the shock value, (like killing a dog)

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