You and your muse. It’s a complicated relationship. You can’t know what to expect from her. She can be up and eager to help. She can be sullen and down. She’s there. She’s not. What can you do to improve your relationship? Here are 10 quick and easy steps:
Listen to her. Maybe she’s pulling you into new territory outside your comfort zone. Are you willing to go? You’ve heard the expression Mother knows best. Muses know best, too.
Give her space. For goodness sake, allow the girl time to think! Muses don’t appreciate constant demands. Give her some space, and when she’s ready she’ll come back with loads of inspiration.
Give her what she wants. If you’ve paid attention to your muse, you already know what inspires her to inspire you. Give her what she wants: a walk in the park, a little music, quiet contemplation, time to play . . . .
Give her something new. Your muse might be bored. So, shake things up a little! Break from your regular writing routine and try something new.
Feed her. You’ve stored up a lifetime of experiences for your muse to chew on. Don’t hold back. If you share them with her, she’ll reward you tenfold.
Clean her room. Muses like things tidy. If your writing space is messy, don’t be surprised if instead of whispering sweet words of inspiration your muse shouts, “Let’s get this place cleaned up!”
Set her free. Your muse exists to provide you with inspiration. That can’t happen when your inner editor forever interrupts her. Kill the editor! (You can rewrite him into your story later.)
Take her with you. Muses love to travel. Wherever you go, take her along. Encourage your muse to open her senses to her surroundings. (Bonus tip: Have a notebook and pen handy to jot down all her brilliant observations.)
Start the day with a workout. Join your muse in fifteen minutes of writing exercises. Create a paragraph, a list, freewrite, brainstorm . . . . The Internet is rife with writing exercises for you and your muse. All you need to do is Google.
Begin without her. Muses are habitually late, so, start without her. Just write! Although they are often tardy, muses are also extremely loyal. Trust her to show up exactly when you need her.
And, in case you didn’t know, muses are not gender specific. They can be female or male—case in point this from the contemporary poet, Lang Leav:
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