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Seduce Your Muse
Nine Muses Sarcophagus
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.
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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