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Listen to Your Writer's Muse

Updated on May 14, 2014

First, a Definition

The muse is not an angelic voice that sits on your shoulder and sings sweetly. The muse is the most annoying whine. The muse isn't hard to find, just hard to like - she follows you everywhere, tapping you on the shoulder, demanding that you stop doing whatever else you might be doing and pay attention to her.

Harlan Coben

In Greek mythology, muses were the goddesses of the inspiration of literature, science and the arts. If you are a writer, painter, musician, or some other practitioner of the arts, you understand the beauty and wonder associated with having your muse sit on your shoulder and whisper encouragement into your ear.

You also, most likely, understand Coben’s quote at the beginning of this section.

I have had days when I couldn’t find my muse with a GPS unit and a seeing-eye dog. There are other days, however, when I can’t stop that annoying wench from driving me crazy with her incessant chatter.

What I want to discuss today is the inspirational aspect of the muse, and not just random ideas for articles.

Look closely and you can see my muse, sitting on my shoulder
Look closely and you can see my muse, sitting on my shoulder | Source

What’s Wrong with Article Ideas?

Nothing!

If you are an article writer, then your living is made from writing articles. Whether you are a writer of recipes, travel articles or DIY articles, you need ideas, or the money will dry up and some other enterprising writer out there will earn an income while you pull your hair out from frustration. Writer’s block is a killer of article writers, so I wish all of you freelancers a bounty of ideas from this day forward.

The concept of a writer’s muse, however, originated long before the concept of writing articles for passive income on HubPages or Bubblews, and that is what I’d like to explore today.

The resurrection of Bill Holland...thanks to my muse
The resurrection of Bill Holland...thanks to my muse | Source

Finally Listening to My Muse

I have tried. Truly, I gave it the good old college try. I originally had visions of writing articles for online sites and magazines, and thereby making a decent income. And I wrote those articles….I’m guessing I have written over two thousand general interest articles, from tips on frugal living, to how to stage your home for a quick sale….but my heart wasn’t in it. I had no problem with finding ideas. My head figuratively swims with ideas daily, so writer’s block has never been a problem. No, the problem was that my writer’s soul was undernourished while writing those articles. I found that the more I wrote about pallet furniture, the more my love of writing disappeared.

I have several customers who pay me decent money to write for their business blogs. I have written hundreds of articles about DIY car repair, and although it certainly helps pay the bills, it also serves as Valium for my psyche. It is mind-numbing, and it is light years removed from satisfying.

So I must listen to my inspirational muse.

What Is She Saying?

Can you hear her? I’ll bet you can if you listen closely enough.

Mine is telling me to write novels. I can feel her breath upon my neck, the gentle whisper of encouragement, a lover’s brush of lips to skin as she tempts me, cajoles me, and urges me on. She says things like “you aren’t getting any younger, my dear,” and “it’s now or never, lover.” She fills my head with creative ideas, holy-shit ideas, and lays with me at night in the dark, caressing me, holding me gently, and promising me eternal happiness if I will only listen to her, and do her bidding.

She knows I cannot deny her. She counts on that fact when I rebel and write one more mindless 1,250-word article for the online masses. She knows I will come back to her, because to deny her desires is to deny my own.

You see, for this writer, it is all about passion. I began my affair with the muse because she could give me something no one else could give me….unbridled passion. My muse does not kiss me politely on the cheek; rather, hers is a full-lipped, mouth-open, exploration-and-explosion-of-the-senses kiss, and it is intoxicating and addictive and God help me, I want more of it.

And I can only find it in writing novels.

So write novels I must.

My muse has spoken and I must do her bidding.

And What Does Your Muse Say to You?

Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.

Oprah Winfrey


Well, what is she saying?

Do you even hear her?

If not, might I suggest you listen a bit more closely?

I will go to my grave believing that writers must write with passion. Passion is what makes words become reality. Passion brings to life letters, and makes them shared experiences. Without passion, a writer is just a typist, and you can quote me on that.

What kind of writer do you want to be? What floats your personal boat? What sings to you in the night, and what shouts at you in the morning? You all became writers for a reason, and most of you will tell us right here, right now, that you write because it is your passion….but….does that passion shine through in your writing?

Self-expression must pass into communication for its fulfillment.

Pearl S. Buck


In other words, is your writing a reflection of your self-expression? It can only be so if you listen to your true muse.

My muse resides in the sunset
My muse resides in the sunset | Source

Here Is What I Want for All of You

I want you to finish a day breathless from writing. I want your sheets to be stained by perspiration, and I want your heartbeat so loud as to be heard by your neighbors. I want you to embrace your muse, and feel her tender caress, and I want you tied down, by her, and tortured by the whip of her exhortations.

Wherever you go I want her vision in your mind’s eye, and I want her taste to be with you morning, noon, and night. I want you eager to please her, and I want you feeling empty when she does not come to call. I want you breathless with anticipation, and I want you longing for more when she quietly slips from your room.

I want you passionate about writing!

A recent study found some rather disturbing news about American teenagers.

In 2013, a full twenty-seven percent of 17-year olds read once or twice a year for pleasure. Once or twice a year!

I would submit to you that it is our job, as writers, to reverse that trend. Of course parents share in the responsibility, as do teens themselves, but if our writing does not exhibit our passion for writing, how can we expect our readers to be enthused about it?

Stop what you are doing right now. Pick up your cell phone and dial 1-800-LUVMUSE and see if she will answer. If she does, beg her to come over. Tell her you need her. Promise her anything if she will only once again sit on your shoulder and whisper the words you so desperately need to hear.

Do it now before she finds another lover.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Ann.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Thanks, bill! You too.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, no smile today...instead a full-fledged laugh. Tell that nasty muse to take it easy on your hair. My goodness, what a persistent nag she can be.

      Have a wonderful weekend, Ann.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      How did I miss this one?! I know exactly what you mean about the constant tap on the shoulder and whisper in the ear. If I listened all the time I'd never get anything done.

      I'm so glad my muse doesn't desert me though. I'm privileged to have so many ideas flung at me as I go about my daily business, as I walk through town, as I look at nature.

      It is disturbing that some only pick up a book a couple of times a year. That's an education issue I feel.

      My muse is nagging me to finish off those dozen or so hubs I have in my 'draft' file. Here she comes, dragging me by my hair; ouch! Gotta do some writing!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, the next novel is in the planning stage and yes indeed, do it or lose the words. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Get cracking and get ready for the next novel, which I know is just itching to come out. Of COURSE a writer has someone in the background. Mine wakes me with expressive poetry that I have to get up and write. You've seen it, so you know what happens. It's either DO it, or lose the words. Once the words are lost, it is all over.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, you are a doll. Toby is making his way to center stage. Maybe one week..maybe two...he's a slow traveler. :)

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I am happy if I have helped you. To me, a site like this should be all about community and helping one another.

      Thank you, friend, and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend.

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Coming back for a second rejuvenating read of this inspiring piece, Bill.

      I can easily see why Jo Goldsmith selected this work in the May Gold Award nominees.

      The end of May is almost here, so "Tobias" is almost here too...yipee!

      Have a peaceful Sunday. Love, Maria

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I am thankful for your sharing from your writing experience. You have saved me lots of time in deciding where to go next and also have given me a solid base upon which to build. Hope your week is a good one, Bill. Blessings.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And good for you, Glimmer, for keeping a notebook. I know a lot of writers who do not. Carry on my friend, and have a great weekend.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Currently my muse is all of the junk I have around my house! Seriously though, as you said, it's not a good thing when article writer's ideas dry up. That's when I head to my handy dandy notebook that I keep.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, I think you are safest in saying your wife is your muse. I want you healthy and her happy. LOL Thanks my friend, and enjoy your weekend.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey Bill, I love Harlen Coben's novels and his quote, though my wife says she is my muse so she may not be too happy with his description..haha.

      Seriously good hub and the best explanation of what a muse really is. I embrace mine and really miss her if she's gone for even a day. Fortunately she is never far away and she is very creative because I never know what direction she will lead me next. It is often towards poetry, but the subject is always a surprise, and she is most active when I am sitting in the car waiting for my wife. (So I must have two muses). Anyway, this was a great read, voted up. Have a good day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Keep paying attention to that light bulb, vkwok. :)

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      When I get a light bulb popping above my head, I want to write it down before it goes away. Thumbs up for this hub, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jamie, I will never understand writers block. I'm like you...I need to step away on weekends so I can have "a life" outside of writing.

      Thanks my friend.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      I am with Jo, I have a muse that is constantly nagging me with ideas and concepts, almost too many to hold in my head at one time. This is why I need to step away and center on other important things for awhile, like my children, and a new career. The upside is that I never break for too long because my muse will drive me insane otherwise. Jamie

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I hope that's what they are reading. At least that is reading instead of video games. Best wishes in finding more time. You are a fine writer and I selfishly want to read more of your work.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lisa, I have written one, and I am writing one now. As for your first question, I don't think there is much money at HP for literary essays. This just isn't the platform for that sort of writing. If you need money, stick with the "how to" articles.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, my muse is constantly nagging away at me, but time is the enemy. Another inspirational write. It's such a pity that children are turning away from books, I hope the trend will swing back in time, having said that, they're most probably using more electronic reading devices like the Amazon kindle.

      Nice work, as always, my best.

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      LisaKeating 3 years ago

      Well, great. I was just starting to accept that "how to" articles were my future, and you come along and challenge us to do more.

      Seriously, I loved it. I've never been interested in writing fiction, but I would rather write non-fiction, literary essays. Do you think there is an audience for that here on HP? Also, have you written a novel? Are you writing one now?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Blessings to you as well, Shyron. Love the poem as a comment. You are a writer for sure.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Bill! I never knew I had a Muse

      Until I read some articles by you

      It seems as though you have two

      And loaned one of them for me to use

      But right now the muse is telling me

      I have work to do outside

      But out there...when she tell me

      Words profound...I have no way to write them down!

      I love this Bill and will link it to my latest poem for the Good Word "Commitment."

      Voted up across the board (except funny), and shared.

      Blessing to you and your Muse my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, welcome back, and I hope your muse returns soon. From a purely selfish standpoint, I miss being entertained by your articles.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, you bring up an interesting point. Most of my creativity comes when I am not seeking it, but rather allowing my subconscious self to find ideas and inspiration.

      As for passion, I have no answers. It comes naturally for me, but I understand that for some writers it is difficult. Best wishes to you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shelley, that was a kind thing for you to say. Thank you and yes, spending time with children definitely relaxes the soul.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Au fait! Yes, it can change in the blink of an eye. That is why I write so much now. I have no guarantees about tomorrow.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, spending a weekend with the little ones seems like the perfect way to call forth the muse. Best wishes to you, and I hope she appear soon and fills you with the same wonder.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia, and the same to you.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Ah Bill, as you may have noticed my muse went away. Family issues have kept my muse on vacation but I'm trying to get her back. Your passion certainly shines through in everything you write, your "pallet furniture" hubs are a perfect example! Certainly not your wonderful novels but still interesting to read.

      Keep inspiring Bill, we need you.

      Voted up, useful, funny, awesome, and interesting. Oh, shared too.

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      Brian Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, Interesting, Awesome, and shared with followers.

      Rudyard Kipling in his autobiographical work Something of Myself calls it his Daemon. Same idea.

      This hub brings up the question what are the best day jobs for novel writers. Writing for hire or as requested—what my father called his hack writing? Teaching university English classes or creative writing classes? The job that actually helped my writing the most was washing dishes in a restaurant part-time. While I focused on my part in the dance of serving food to customers, my subconscious was busy solving problems in the development of a story in progress. These days I relax my mind by buying at thrift shops and selling on eBay. I might apply to be a hospital patient sitter, or to work at Burger King.

      You write so truly about passion. Why do I fear and shy from passion? That fear is the bane of enneagram nines. The development of both my character and my writing depend on my facing it and allowing my Muse to embrace me and turn on my limbic brain.

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      Shelley Watson 3 years ago

      My muse drives me crazy too many ideas and not enough time. Spending time with children relaxes my soul, to see the world again through young, excited eyes makes it all fresh again. Thank you Bill for once again bringing me pleasure with your writing.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Writer's block isn't a problem for me. Like you I often have dozens of possibilities harassing me to write them down, but time is a problem. While I seem to be doing better (for now -- things can change in the blink of an eye) than many of the writers whose laments I read in the forums, despite my low hubber score compared to their own, it still isn't enough to quit my paying job.

      Very good advice for all writers.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, Bill ... Now that you have shared so creatively about your muse, we are able to understand exactly why and how she keeps your juices flowing so freely from your mind to your fingertips. : ) What a muse there!

      I could see how writing articles for businesses and such would get old, as it just does not seem like writing, but just typing for sure. I write all day long in the legal field ... so when it comes to writing from the heart, that is where the joy is found, money or not.

      I hope my muse shows up after this weekend with the little ones, as they look at life with such wonder, and I am always inspired. Sometimes, it is just taking our little walks down the country road looking at the rolling verdant pastures and breathing in the sweetness of life, while enjoying the warm sun on our faces and the gentle breeze blowing through our hair.

      Peace and blessings

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Congratulations on finding and following your muse, Bill. I hope she serves you well!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I have no doubt that is true, Donna! Best of luck finding that little devil.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Maria. We each do what we can my friend.

      love,

      bill

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      Donna Caprio Quinlan 3 years ago from Newburyport, MA

      My muse is hiding, but I'm confident will come out, by putting pen to paper, and listening carefully.

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      This fed my soul, Bill. You cannot help but inspire.

      Love you, Maria

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, I love it as much as I did teaching, and I loved that immensely. :) Thanks for the visit, and may your curiosity always remain insatiable.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, I was blown away by that statistic about reading once or twice a year for pleasure. My goodness gracious, that frightens me.

      Thank you as always. I do appreciate your thoughtful comments.

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      I'm not sure I really have a muse per se. But I think my insatiable curiosity serves the muse role pretty well. It gets me incessantly trying this thing or that, just to see how it will turn out. Glad to see you're finding the enjoyment you want from your writing experience!

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      “I have had days when I couldn’t find my muse with a GPS unit and a seeing-eye dog.” Aha! Now I know where my muse sometimes hides. I never thought of the GPS. :-)

      “In 2013, a full twenty-seven percent of 17-year olds read once or twice a year for pleasure. Once or twice a year!” I am saddened by this, but not surprised. For heaven’s sake…we were reading for enjoyment as soon as we learned how to read.

      I enjoyed this no nonsense approach, filled with humor and down-to-earth advice. Excellent, as always. :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Indeed you do, Barbara. I don't remember who said it...some famous writer...but he said if you are in writing to make money, then you need to find another profession.

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      Barbara Badder 3 years ago from USA

      Wonderful hub! I need to get passionate again and write what I want instead of worrying about the money.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dr. Bill, thank you for the kind words, and I, for one, am glad you are here.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, the process is like that for me. The weirdest things trigger a topic in me, and then we're off to the races. I love it!

      Thanks, buddy!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Parrster, go for a walk. Do something that takes your mind off of writing. The muse is there waiting for you to be accepting.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Perfectly stated, Liz! Here's hoping we both make it big one day, and then we can meet at a writer's workshop and talk about the old days.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, that wench will reappear, and then all systems are go.

      Thank you my friend.

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      My muse brought me HubPages when my passion for novels hit a lull... Now, with about 40 combined here, I'm feeling like getting back to the novels... two are festering, right now... Thanks for your continuing words of encouragement. You are a part of the solution, of course, thanks to listening to that muse... ;-)

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      I called that number last night when I thought my wife was sleeping and got big time busted. Seriously though, if a writer can't write what they want then they might as well get a regular job.

      I don't think the muse whispers in your ear. I think the muse takes complete control of your being and sometimes stuff comes out of you that you have no idea where it came from. Awesome hub!

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      Richard Parr 3 years ago from Oz

      Yes, I'm in a current writers funk. I must attend to my muse. great thoughts. voted up and useful.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I love it! My passion is definitely for writing books. I find as much enjoyment in discovering where my own story is going as I do with reading the book of another author. Like you, I write articles online and for some magazines, which is enjoyable, but it stops at a little over 1000 words, when I still have so much more to say. With books, the message gets out there and yes, it is a most fulfilling feeling!

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. Yet again my muse has taken flight, I seem to be in a trough at present, I don't know why. Keep up the work Bill you do make a difference.

      Graham.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I think Bev can handle the competition, but I'll check with her to make sure. Thanks for the laugh my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, I am happy that you have found your use. Well done!

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Bill, I can so relate to all of the DIY articles - I must have written hundreds of them, but I always came back to hubpages for my own satisfaction - my passion, if you will. Thanks for defining it so clearly.

      By the way, are you quite sure Beverly isn't jealous of your muse?lol

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL Eric, I'm not sure what the hell the editors like. Happily I fly under their radar.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Would you send this over to the editors, they do not seem to like my muse.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      As I always think and feel and want to do is write a way of life and I so enjoy what I do so greatly mentioned.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cecile, I'm sending my muse for the day. Since I'm editing all day I won't be needing her. :) Thank you for the kind words.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      breakfastpop, we need more writers like you, who are passionate about writing and who are trying to save the world one article at a time. Carry on my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, I can hear that clock ticking, and I am constantly in hurry up mode because of it. I was in the business world and hated it...now I love what I'm doing. I'd be a fool to leave.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Jo, enjoy that vacation, and thank you!

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      Cecile Portilla 3 years ago from West Orange, New Jersey

      Thank you for the words of inspiration billybuc. I totally agree that writers should write with passion. I write for many reasons and try to infuse my passion into each piece. However, I need to be more consistent like you. Really need some of your muse! Voted up!

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      I am happiest when I am trying to save the world one article at a time! I don't make any money doing it, but I must not care, because I keep doing it. Thanks for the inspiration. I'm off to find my muse. Up, useful, interesting and awesome.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I feel so lucky to be able to write what I want -- any topic, any voice, any medium, any message. My muse is often a bit wacky, which comes from years of pent up corporate frustration sitting in a cubicle and having to behave a certain way. Maybe it was breathing everyone's second hand cigarette smoke, too, and listening to too many problems of others. Truth is stranger than fiction. I think I'm like you, Bill, making up for lost time. I don't ever have writer's block, just trying to get all the stuff in my head and heart out. I'm trying to beat the clock. Tick, tock.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

      Really interesting and useful information Bill!

      My muse went on a vacation so I think I will take a break too.

      I always enjoy reading your work. I learn so much!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No, Marlene, we can't turn down good money, and I would never suggest it.....but I would suggest doing what you are doing, having some passionate writing on the side that you can turn to when the work is done.

      Thanks for sharing all that...and good luck with that villain bad boy.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      "Without passion, a writer is just a typist..." I like that. Sometimes, I'm just a typist. I write blogs for real estate agents. Just when I thought I might stop "being a typist" and just write for fun, one of my clients sent me a check to keep writing for the rest of the year. Can't turn down good money! Right? So, my typing career flourishes through writing blogs and that little "How-To" book I just wrote. But, my passion is in the novel that I long to finish. When I'm writing my novel, I feel like I'm in my own little world where no one or nothing can bring me down. Not even the villain character brings me down; in reality, I get a little tickled every time I have an opportunity to write dialog for him. I think he's my way of being secretly mischievous.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jan, a reaction like yours feeds my writing soul. Thank you! I enjoyed writing this one, and I'm glad it hit home for you. Best wishes my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, that muse is a persistent wench. Might as well listen to her and shut her up permanently. :)

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      OMG. WOW. You have brilliantly presented a challenge to all of us, Bill. This was mesmerizing to read. I feel turned on and speechless, all in one breath. I hear my muse calling. She says, "sit down and write, shut down your busy life and stop complaining about not having enough time." I don't think I've thought about my "passion" for writing as intensely as you're suggesting. I don't know if I'm there yet due to business priorities and my passion to offer counseling to those in need. But I realize after reading this that I have something to ponder about my writing purpose and passion. Thanks for the challenge, voted up, awesome, and interesting. You are an amazing writer and teacher.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great word, Michelle...pedantic! Indeed!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mari, I'm sorry about that number. Maybe she stepped into the powder room for a moment. :) Thank you!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I finally get it. What has been holding me back in my career is I don't want to write articles. I don't want to write for someone else's business. I don't want to write about things that really mean nothing to me.

      I want to write fiction. That's what my muse has been telling me for a while now and I've sort of shrugged her off because I need to earn a living. Only it's not working. I'm not pursuing what I really in my heart don't want to do.

      Time to listen and redirect.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Yes. We should write what inspires us.......or it will soon become pedantic. Listen to the muse!!

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      dragonflycolor 3 years ago

      Yeah, I dialed that number and she wasn't there. Humbug! Great article, Bill. It's funny that our muses will sometimes act like seductive mistresses, leading us on one minute and throwing us back the next. Thanks, again!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, bravo! That is exactly what I was saying, but I was afraid nobody would notice. Go get some Gummy Bears at the store today and then sit back and wait her arrival.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      and thank you again, Donna!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donna, even muses need a break from time to time. Wish her well and I have no doubt she will be back. :) Thank you!

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      I hear you! When I first joined HP, I made a list of possible hubs I might want to write. I think my underground house is the only one on the list that I have written, and it has been my most long-standing successful. Everything else, good or bad, has popped into my mind, I guess you could call it by my muse. And some of the subject matter has been blah enough to get shelved by HP, so bad, bad muse! Do you think some vitamins might help her? Maybe some Gummy Bear vitamins instead of Centrum Silver?

      I think you have written a good way of saying that we should follow our hearts, not hub ratings criteria. I notice that you’ve been very successful at it. Great hub, Bill.

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      Donna Brown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      Hi Bill,

      It seems as though my muse is out visiting friends right now, but fortunately my inner critic is keeping me busy doing editing. Maybe she will return by November for NaNoWriMo. I'm not afraid when she leaves, because I know that she always returns with new ideas and new insights.

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      Donna Brown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      Hi Bill,

      It seems as though my muse is out visiting friends right now, but fortunately my inner critic is keeping me busy doing editing. Maybe she will return by November for NaNoWriMo. I'm not afraid when she leaves, because I know that she always returns with new ideas and new insights.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, good morning, and thanks for sharing that. The muse comes from different aspects of our life. I'm just glad she comes. :) Have a great Wednesday my dear.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      The reason I write mostly about my kids is, because I followed that voice. Whenever I am with them, I get inspiration as crazy as that sounds. So, I guess you could say I do breathe them in and the air they breathe, too when I am writing and sharing about them. Thanks as always and hoping you are starting your Wednesday off right!