Care, Feeding, and Training of Your Muse

I Googled the above title and found out I am not the only one who wants more control over my writing instinct and inspiration. I go to my critique group and get the best advice for the story in its current shape. I want to write! I want to use what they told me and manage at least 10k words. But by the time I go home, after stopping at one or two stores along the way, I have to put groceries away and take care of birds and clean the kitchen and get the laundry moved along. When at last I sit down at my desk I have to get up again and find where I put my laptop bag, unpack it and connect it to everything. By then my muse is sitting in a corner playing with dust bunnies. Bad Muse! No biscuit for you.

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Maybe I am being too harsh on the invisible critter. So turning to The Big G, I found several blogs who have already covered the topic. Very A-musing. This great article has 11 Tips for the Care and Feeding of Your Muse. Author Ruth Harris covers all the bases and helps one determine if you have a free-range muse or a domestic muse. I love that she calls the impulse to write Spidey Senses.

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Jessica Wildfire warns us that our Muse is like a person. If we aren’t nice to her, she’s not going to sleep with us anymore. She explains we need to stop force choking her like we were a dark Sith lord and tells exactly How to Revive Your Muse. I especially like her advice to rethink productivity. I may not be getting words on paper, but I’m putting serious thought into it.

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Not all muse-related blogs are for writers. Some are for artists of other kinds, including fiber arts like knitting and quilting. I like that Aroha Knits has a ritual to set up a space for creativity. Once that is accomplished, you can then connect with your muse by initiating simple breathing meditation with affirmations. I can’t believe people who knit need this, but I know writers certainly do.

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Writer Ray Bradbury wrote extensively about the subconscious as Muse. He is quoted at the start of Jill Badonsky’s article on the Kaizen-Muse Creativity Flash, whatever that means. Jill herself has wonderful advice, including the making of a new word. Connecting with sparks of genius should be on a t-shirt. Great inner child stuff that will help you create more than stories. But you have to clean it up yourself because adulting.

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To sum up, I am blown away that Purina makes a cat food called Muse. They didn’t even go for the silly spelling of Mews. Cause that’s something altogether different. But it means that Hemmingway was right, cats are a necessary part of a writer’s life. Also, dogs may work, and parrots, and lizards, well, let’s say any pet can help inspire your muse to get back to work.

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Thanks for reading, I’ll be back on Thursday.

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2 thoughts on “Care, Feeding, and Training of Your Muse

  1. windr0se—Thanks so much for the kind words! Muses generally tend to be generous, but they also require excellent care and feeding to operate at their very best. Ignore them or mistreat them and they tend to get (understandably) cranky. Not good for muses—or writers!

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