Moira here welcoming you to another #SensualSunday. Hope everyone has had a lovely week. This week I’m going to be talking about the almighty Muse. Let’s delve a little into what exactly is this muse I speak of first.
MUSE (definition): noun | \ˈmyüz\
1 capitalized: any of the nine sister goddesses in Greek mythology presiding over song and poetry and the arts and sciences
2: a source of inspiration; especially: a guiding genius
To an author the muse is our controlling force, she is as real as, or more so than our characters. Take a second to mull that over. This “imaginary” being who has absolute control over what an author produces, or doesn’t. To an non-author it sounds like we’ve lost our marbles. Maybe we have. There’s a saying that goes a little like this: It helps if you’re a little crazy.
We’re authors, we “talk” to our muse, to our characters, and imagine scene’s happening in places that are earth/reality based, and places that only exist in our minds. At least until they form on paper to paint the picture we have envisioned for our readers.
While anything can inspire us, or provide us with inspiration, it’s the muse that (like the definition says) guides us on the path to take. To a non-writer a rainbow is merely a refraction, reflection, and dispersion of light through water droplets creating a visual effect. To a writer, an author, that same rainbow is a window to someplace new. It makes us wonder what could be at one end or the other. It makes our synapses stir, and has our muse purring like a kitten at all the possibilities.
It is our job, because yes it is a job, our career path, our chosen form of art to be creative in new and interesting ways. We as authors are blessed to have a skill set that allows us to provide entertainment, amusement, awe, and escapism for those who read our works. While I think each of us is born creative it also has to be allowed to blossom. After all, like anything, if your creativity isn’t given the right nutrients to grow then it will wither.
Learn to listen to your inner muse. She might be seated next to the conductor on the crazy train but you never know what you might be able to garner from what she provides. My own muse is the reason I stepped off the ledge of my comfort zone and started to write MC. She’s off her rocker 90-95% of the time, but that other 5-10% is pure gold. Without her I’d still be a struggling author trying to find my voice. With her I’ve done something I would never have dreamed of ten, or even five years ago. I have been published.
So while she a(muse)s me greatly most days, and has me wondering if I could/should rent a padded room for a couple weeks on others, without her I wouldn’t be me. So listen, learn, and occasionally even let her run free. Just make sure you GPS her ass otherwise you’ll never find her again.
XO Moira Callahan