Structure Hobbles the Muse

By Melanie Anne Phillips

The Muse explodes outward into a world of passion and possibilities.

As a teacher of creative writing for twenty-five years, my experiences with many types of writers tell me that one should never consider structure at all until a first draft is completely written.

Structure gets in the way, it hobbles the muse.  We all think in narrative anyway, so whatever we create already has a fuzzy structure in it.  The Muse is okay with this.  So let her be; let her range free and roam wild.  And when she is done, spent, and filled with satisfaction, then you bring in structure as a framework upon which to hang what she has created so that it is displayed in the best light.

Now is the time to break free of bonds.  Structure will follow in its own moment in time.

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