Seduce Your Muse

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The Nine Muses

Calliope was the muse of epic poetry.

Clio was the muse of history.

Erato was the muse of love poetry.

Euterpe was the muse of music.

Melpomene was the muse of tragedy.

Polyhymnia was the muse of sacred poetry.

Terpsichore was the muse of dance.

Thalia was the muse of comedy.

Urania was the muse of astronomy.

What is a Muse?

There were actually nine muses in Greek Mythology. The term "muse" comes from the Greek word "mosis" which refers to desire or wish. The muses were daughters of the Greek god Zeus. It is said their mother was Mnemosyne, who represented memory. Muses needed memory because there were no books!

Easy to see how our inspiration to write began being termed our muse. One dictionary defines muse as "a woman, or a force personaified as a woman, who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist". I have a feeling a muse is actually asexual. After all, it is born in our mind and lives with us so we can make it anything we want. All of our creations as we write flow from our imagination, and presumably so does our muse.

Your Muse

So now we know what a muse is. What is your muse? Well, we all have a voice in our head, and those creative minds among us often call that voice our muse.

The ever elusive muse is yours and yours alone. Everyone has one, somewhere, but none of them are shared. It would be nice if we could share the muse of a genius or a writer we admire, but it doesn't work that way. You have your own muse and that's that.

When your muse comes calling, you can't ignore it or it will go away and if your are a writer or an artist that would be a terrible thing. Imagine a life without your muse! Your muse can be temperamental and needs to be coddled. Sounds a bit like a spoiled child, but then they are child like, always having their own way. They may leave you in the lurch when you need them most, but give them time and they'll return. It's pretty much on their terms.

They like attention and will only come around when they've a mind to, when you've attracted them or paid attention to them. Whether you want them or not, they will appear. They're notorious for showing up in the middle of the night and waking you from a sound sleep. Yet, often when you want or need them, they're nowhere to be found.

Your muse never leaves you though you may sometimes think it's gone forever. You hit a dry spell and think your muse must've gone on a cruise without you, but there are ways to get your muse back!

Just FYI, this hub was inspired by billbuc's hub When the Muse Fails to Show Up. (His muse called my muse by the way.)

…as immediately I stopped disciplining the muse, she trotted obediently around and became and erratic mistress if not a steady wife.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald

Baby With Chain Saw

An Old Gilt Mirror

Crowd at Grand Central Station's Main Concourse

Square Dance Photo Shoot

Seducing Your Muse

Seducing your muse is easier than you might think, a little easier than seducing that stranger that caught your eye. You just need the right bait for your muse. Let's look at some examples.

  • Picture of a baby with a chain saw. Your muse could have a field day with this one. What's a baby doing with a chain saw? What about the two sets of helping hands or the cut wood around the baby? I can see your muse scratching its head already.
  • An old gilt mirror. Think of the possibilities! How many faces looked in that mirror? What about the time period that mirror hails from? Then there's the eagle on top and oh, the wallpaper.
  • There's nothing like a crowd to get your muse excited. What food for thought. Backpacks, ear buds, people going to and from trains. Which trains are they catching? Where are they going or coming from? What are they doing in NYC?
  • That square dance photograph is loaded with ideas. There's the square dance itself, not to mention the various ages of the participants. How about the "cowboys" in the first row?

I think you get the idea. You can seduce your muse just by looking at photographs, they don't even have to be yours. Anything that will spur your muse along and get those creative juices flowing. You just have to take the time to empty your mind and think about what's before you. Look at a photograph, or a group of people, or even some scenery. Imagine what happened there before you got there or what might happen after you leave. Can you hear your muse calling?

Imagination, inspiration and a touch of creativity all live within your brain and can be delivered by that elusive muse, you just have to seduce her.

Don't Stop the Muse

If you get a good idea to write about at an inconvenient time, write it down to revisit later. How many times have you heard that? You keep hearing it because it is true. Ideas that visit you at inopportune times don't always return. Take advantage of them, don't lose them. This is like the keep a pad and pen at your bedside advice. Don't waste those dreams, that's your muse trying to tell you a good subject to write about. Okay, so not everyone will appreciate the two headed dog chasing a canary that you just dreamed about, but maybe there's a story there somewhere. That two headed dog could be a two faced person and the canary could be anyone.

On our wonderful Hub Pages site we often find our muse in print. A fellow writer will give us a prompt, maybe a picture, maybe an idea like a place or time, and ask us to write about it. The stories or poems that follow are wonderfully creative and all thanks to a muse in an unsuspected place. If we don't take the opportunity our muse goes back to sleep or out for a walk. No one says you have to print everything your write, but everything you write enriches you as a writer.

Did you know there are Random Generators on the Internet? I went to the random generators on springhole.net to take a look.

  • Creepypasta & Supernatural Horror Story Prompt Generator gave me a prompt; On Halloween night, an old man and an artist try to steal a disturbing teddy bear.
  • Fan Fiction Story Prompt Generator gave me; A minor villain suddenly comes into a large amount of money.
  • Fairy Tale Plot Generator gave me; The story is about a brave prince who must slay a monster, overcome three challenges, and save a princess to attend a dance. Assistance comes in the form of a wise old woman.
  • Really Random Plot-o-Tron gave me; A punctual elf travels to the planet by finding the ideal significant other.

These are all from one Generator. There are so many more to explore. Get your muse going and don't let her stop. If she does, seduce her! By the way, many people call their muse "inspiration". Whatever you call it, use it!

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billybuc 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

Okay, that was scary. We have to stop reading each other's mind...way too freaky, Mary.

Thanks for mentioning me...very kind of you...loved the video of that woman talking about the muse. Is she really that calm? I want to know someone like that. I'm surrounded by craziness. LOL


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mckbirdbks 13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Knock, knock, knock, have you seen my muse. Great article filled with inspiration. Random Generators, what will they think of next? Glad that your muse is full of energy and promise.


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CrisSp 13 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Well, my muse came in the middle of the night yesterday while randomly staring on my feet with my socks on and realized, I have socks addiction. Hence, a new hub was born after a month of not really hubbing.

I couldn't agree more on everything that you said in here. This muse can be very elusive but they are everywhere. In my case, more often, it is sheer moodiness or laziness. :)

I need to get it back and so thank you for the kick! :)

Love from the sky~


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Ericdierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Well done. My muses are really just there to entice me away from my boring writing. That writing I must do. Hey I think I will go have some party time with my muses.


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tillsontitan 13 months ago from New York Author

It is scary Bill. I think that's why I picked that video, I don't even know anyone that calm! Maybe we should keep watching it and it'll rub off!

Mike, it's amazing what's on the Internet! Right now my muse is on a roll, but who knows for how long.

CrisSp, okay, I'm going to have to look for your hub on socks! Sending love and good thoughts right back to you.

Eric, you are never boring!!! I'm sure there is writing you must do, but I can't believe it would ever be boring. Hey, can my muse come to your muse's party?


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MizBejabbers 13 months ago

You two are freaky. I just got through reading Billybuc's hub. You have some great ideas about how to jumpstart a balky muse. Fortunately, I have idea overload and my muse sticks to me like she's afraid I'm going to desert her.

Talk about inconvenient. A short story came to me one evening when my husband was in his nightly chat room. My computer has died, so I grabbed a legal pad and pencil and drafted the whole story in one sitting. I since have the story redraft finished, but I haven't had time to jump through all the hoops to publish it. You know, things like photos, graphics, and all the little annoying whistles and bells HP wants. I dunno, I may save it for a book of short stories I'm planning. Short stories don't get much audience here. Oh, well, back to my case notes. No muse here.


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tillsontitan 13 months ago from New York Author

Well MizBejabbers I'm glad your muse sticks close! Some of us aren't so lucky. Isn't it weird? Bill is in Olympia and I'm in NY, as they say, great minds think alike.

I look forward to reading your story.


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MizBejabbers 13 months ago

Not trying to boast. My family is notorious for its story telling, especially my late Dad's tall tales. Sometimes I wonder if way back in tribal times maybe my ancestors were a line of oral record keepers.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

Very good hub Mary and thanks for the photo prompts and the history about the various muses. Mine is always hanging around trying to get me to write stuff but we sometimes disagree. She wants me to write stuff I have to do a lot of research and spend heaps of time on, and I want to write something fast and easy. She is persistent though and always wins in the end.


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tillsontitan 13 months ago from New York Author

So MizBejabbers, you have troubadour in your blood!

Yes John, she is a fickle and persistent one, sometimes leading us where we don't want to go! She hasn't steered you wrong though as your hubs are always a treat to read.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

Thanks Mary :)


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MizBejabbers 13 months ago

Hadn't thought about that, Mary. Maybe I do, I just know I can't turn it off.


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Larry Rankin 13 months ago from Oklahoma

Wonderful look into the history and meaning of the word muse.


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tillsontitan 13 months ago from New York Author

You are most welcome John.

MizBejabbers, one of your glowing traits ;)

Thanks Larry. Sometimes a little research goes a long way.


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manatita44 13 months ago from london

Well Mary, Those pictures are truly awesome! No offence, Bill, but I saw yours also and Mary's are scary and hot! I mean, what's a baby doing with a chainsaw. Lots there.

I use the word muse from time to time as we all grow up with it, I suppose. I think even my Guru has used it.

I think more of an intuitive flow; the power of imagination, creativity; all which wells up from the font of Being.... the spiritual Heart ..the Soul.

But yes, the muse is useful to many. Very nicely written Hub, and great ideas for when one feels stuck. I have used pictures quite successfully. From Bill, Ann, Grace and others, simply because they are Friends who asked and so I just sat and wrote ...

Hari Om! (All Glory to the One within)


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Homeplace Series 13 months ago from Hollister, MO

What fun! Your discussion and Bill's article... and your interchange... love it! And, both are filled with ways to recharge that 'inspiration' thing!! ;-)


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MizBejabbers 13 months ago

Manatita, a baby with a chainsaw, that's probably a Redneck's toy. (that would be a Redneck joke)


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drbj 13 months ago from south Florida

Thanks for reminding me, Mary, of the Muses.

I have always known that my muse must be Thalia. She provides inspiration when everything else fails ya.

If I should lose that muse, Calliope will be the one I choose.


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Frank Atanacio 13 months ago from Shelton

seducing your muse, what a concept Tilsontitan...


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Karen Hellier 13 months ago from Georgia

I had forgotten all about my muse until she popped into my head today and prompted me to write a hub which spilled out of my mind in about 20 minutes. Hip Hip Hooray for the for the muses in our lives!


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MartieCoetser 13 months ago from South Africa

I think it is easier when one sees inspiration as an independent muse. Easier than searching for the reasons of inspiration or the lack of it in one's own body/mind/spirit. But then we must give our muse all the credit when we manage to achieve success.

Lovely, inspiring hub!

Thanks, tillsontitan!


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BlossomSB 13 months ago from Victoria, Australia

An interesting hub. Sometimes our muse seems to play hide-and-seek and we must work hard to catch her.


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bdegiulio 13 months ago from Massachusetts

Great job Mary. Some useful ideas for when the muse takes a break, which it often does. Have a great weekend.


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tillsontitan 13 months ago from New York Author

Manatita, the word muse is used by so many for so many varied reasons. Of course our muse is our inspiration, our heart and soul as you put it, but when the ideas don't flow it is easier to blame a fictional being than to think we have lost our touch!

Yes, many friends here on HP have given us challenges and/or ideas to write hubs. Our friends here are part muse, part friend! Blessings.

Glad you enjoyed Homeplace. Bill and I unknowingly connected on the same subject at close to the same time, no sense letting a good coincidence go to waste.

Keep that sense of humor MizBejabbers!

drbj your muse is so much more prestigious than mine, but maybe that's cause there's a little redneck in upstate New York ;)

Imagine Frank!

Way to go Karen! You gotta love that muse, she just shows up and whamo!

Ah but Martie, we can credit our muse for getting us started, but the glory is all ours because we toil over the writing and make it what it turns out to be! Glad you enjoyed.

Bill, how true. I think the old muse thinks she's entitled to a vacation now and then. Enjoy my friend.


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manatita44 13 months ago from london

We are very close in perception, Mary, you and I. I knew you understood. Once again, excellent Hub!


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tillsontitan 13 months ago from New York Author

Yes dear friend, great minds think alike ;)


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Sunshine625 13 months ago from Orlando, FL

Way to go Tills! Bring on the muse! :)


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marcoujor 13 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

Euterpe is my muse, dear Mary. A song of most any kind can hurl my thoughts in all kinds of directions.

I appreciated the video...good ideas. Glad your muse is showing up for you!


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tillsontitan 13 months ago from New York Author

The muse is always welcome Linda, thanks.

Ah Maria, we all have that elusive muse somewhere. Hope mine hangs around a while.


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Genna East 13 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Okay...so you and my muse have been chatting and sharing secrets -- yes? Either that or you've been reading her diary, my friend. This is a terrific article Mary! I especially loved, "Seducing Your Muse." Thank you!


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tillsontitan 13 months ago from New York Author

Seems we're all in the same boat Genna. Thankfully we can share the oars once in a while ;) You are certainly welcome, but it is I who should be thanking you for reading and commenting.


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annart 13 months ago from SW England

Great piece and super ideas to get the muse to work if we're stuck (I haven't come across that yet but I suppose it might happen!).

My dad used to write down his ideas as they appeared, before he forgot them. One night he dreamed of a great idea, woke up, wrote it down, then was able to go back to sleep without worrying about his memory. Awake in the morning, he turned to read his notes and to his horror... just a load of gobbledy-gook! Poor Dad!

Thanks for the entertainment and the inspiration, Mary!

Ann


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aviannovice 13 months ago from Stillwater, OK

Well, I guess I have an answer for why I sometimes awaken in the middle of the night with something...


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tillsontitan 13 months ago from New York Author

I've heard of that happening to other people Ann, could it be sleep writing? How lucky you are your muse is so good to you (of course I'm sure your talent has a but to do with it).

Yup Deb, muse knows not of day or night.


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida

Cleverly shared by your Muse, no doubt.

What would we do without 'em??

Speaking of Muses...it is 2:44 and mine has booted me out of bed and in front of my laptop...O my!!!

Keep on sharing....never disappointed when I stop by...

Angels are once again on the way to you ps

shared


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rebeccamealey 13 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Thanks for inspiring me to get in touch with my muse more often, MAry. Enjoyed the read!


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bravewarrior 13 months ago from Central Florida

I find my muse walks away when I'm stressed. She doesn't thrive in turmoil. Once I remove the cause, she returns. I don't blame her one bit. It must be quite noisy inside my head when uncertainty and fear overshadow the creative space in which she lives.


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tillsontitan 13 months ago from New York Author

Patricia, our muse can be very inconsiderate that's for sure! So happy I don't disappoint. Thanks for the angels.

You are most welcome Rebecca. We never know when the old muse will appear.

Very well put Sha. I think you are right. There isn't room in our creative space for all that confusion! A quiet mind is a much nicer place for our muse to wander.


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Shyron E Shenko 5 months ago

Mary, thank you for this. I read it before and did not have the time to comment and just re-read to refresh my memory and give my must a kick in the rear.

I hope and pray you are feeling better.

Blessings and hugs dear friend


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tillsontitan 4 months ago from New York Author

Thanks Shy. I'm taking one day at a time. I appreciate my friends on HP so very much!


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fpherj48 4 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Hey girlfriend...what a fascinating explanation of "muse." You have a touch of teacher in you, I see. Then again, it's fair to say that wonderful writers teach their readers something interesting every time they write!

It's no secret to me that my muse and I could stand a better relationship! I'm beginning to think mine is more stubborn than I am.......even though she's a definite strong part of me.

Hey GF, on another note~Tonight is my 50th Class Reunion. How the hell did THAT happen? I'm sure it will prove to be a memorable time, but I can't believe it's here! Nothing like a bold reminder of where we are in life!

Sending you hugs & many positive vibes. I think of you so often. Paula


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tillsontitan 3 months ago from New York Author

Hope you had a great time at your reunion and the blast from the past was a happy trip down memory lane!


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AudreyHowitt 3 months ago from California

Ah--my use is fitful these days! But I don't discipline her much, if at all--this was a wonderfully positive article! Thank you!

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