Sometimes I think you just have to shut the muse up. Not in a bad way, but in a disciplinary way.
As regular readers know, I'm on the homestretch of the rewrite of my novel. Honestly, the end is so close I can taste it.
I have about five chapters--averaging 5-7 pages--left to write. I know what's coming, having written part of two of them.
But the other day, the muse tried to throw a wrench into the end. I was writing a scene in which five characters are discussing a major revelation and the muse whispers in my ear, "Maybe a sniper should take a shot at them."
I stopped writing and considered the idea.
"Think of the questions a sniper shot will raise," she whispered in a deep throat kind of way.
"But I'm at 90k and counting. I can't possibly add another major glitch at this point."
"How about a fire?"
Because apparently my muse is a homicidal maniac.
"No!" I gave her an internal shout. "I am going to stay the course. I am going to finish this book."
"But," I conceded. "Maybe we can use one of those in the next book."
So, do you ever have to turn off the muse?