5 Ways to Find Your Muse

museblogIn mythology the muses, daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, were the Greek goddesses of inspiration in literature, science, and the arts. Today, a muse is a spirit or source that has the ability to ignite one’s creative passion.

It is important to remember that although in one respect a muse is a figment of our imagination, in another it is a very real and tangible means of accessing and harnessing our creative energy. It is this energy that we then manifest into the physical realm of art, which includes writing.

If you are a writer like me, you are probably very familiar with the elusive nature of your muse. So, I have 5 tips for finding her or at the least, good places to look.

1. Art: Look at artwork. Imagine, dream, get lost in someone else’s creative energy. Artistic energy has an amazing way of passing from one creative person to another.

Check out: Amy Markham

2. Music: Listen to music. Genre appropriate to your story helps. I love folk, country, and singer/song writer.

Check out: Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Eric Bibb, The Weepies, and Cheryl Wheeler

3. Read: A writer is a reader and a reader is a writer. Let the energy flow.

Check out: “Bastard Out Of Carolina” by Dorothy Allison; “The Grapes Of Wrath” by John Steinbeck; “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd; and  “Cane River” by Lalita Tademy

4. Meditate: Sometimes it is only in the quiet spaces of our mind that we are able to connect with our creativity.

Check out: Tips for Beginners, Techniques to Improve Meditation, and Great App for Relaxation

5. Don’t Look: There are times when, after failed attempts to find your muse, you must abandon the search. Forego seeking the elusive moment of creative inspiration and just write. Write, write, and write more. It is often in the process itself that your muse will show. Do not look directly at her, do not question her, do not try to contain her. Just allow your muse and your artistic energy to be…

Thank you for reading. I’m excited to hear what you think.

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