Aspiring writer Noel Underwood of New York City, who waited in vain all of 2018 for literary success to be thrust upon him, is confident that 2019 will be the year that he happens upon his life muse and/or is struck by divine inspiration, finally causing his writing career to take off.
“I’ve learned not to fight writer’s block,” said Underwood, who currently makes his living selling ads for The Christian Science Monitor. “Everything happens for a reason, and when things are blocked, creativity is actually forced to flourish beneath the surface. All it takes is a human muse, or divine inspiration, to burst through that top layer of blockage, and all that’s been happening artistically will suddenly be revealed."
Underwood added that he anticipates that his muse will be about five-foot-eight, in her late twenties, with long, unruly, curly dark hair and a body that won’t quit.
“But I’m open to other possibilities as well,” he emphasized. “Anything for the art.”
Underwood went on to state that he is skeptical of the approach taken by some materially successful writers, who swear by a discipline of writing every single day, regardless of what comes out, in the expectation that it takes a lot of bad writing in order for really good writing to emerge.
“That's cool if that works for them," said Underwood with a tolerant shrug. “I myself am more about quality that quantity, though.”
He noted that over these past several years, even in the absence of any actual physical words on pages, his subconscious mind has been actively at work on his next (i.e., first) great American novel and a guidebook to independent New York City coffee shops, tentatively titled, respectively, Dreaming of Feet and Existential Urbanity: NYC for the Awakened.
“No promises, but I expect that they’ll be hitting the shelves shortly," said Underwood, his blue eyes bright with enthusiasm. “Pardon the flagrant self-promotion, but keep an eye out, folks! You won't want to miss these.”