The process of writing can seem almost mystical at times.
I use to think that a lot of my inspiration for my flash fiction could be found at the bottom of a beer bottle. I had to drink down all the beer to get to the bottom. No inspiration in that bottle of beer, get another one. I was young and stupid and in love with life and the idea of being a writer.
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There are actually several good things about growing older. One of the good things is that it gives you time to get smarter.
The dictionary defines Muse as: one of the nine goddesses, the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, who inspire poetry, music and drama.
I’m sure we can add prose to this definition.
Do I believe I have a Muse? Of course, I do. I ravish her all the time. No, wait. I guest a mortal can’t ravish a goddess. My Muse ravishes me all the time. And I love it.
Every writer should seek out his or her Muse. I guess the female writers among us will not resist being ravished by a goddess. But wasn’t there a male god who supported the arts?
I’m getting off the subject. And the subject of this article for Triond is finding inspiration for your writing. To be even more specific, this article is about being aware that deep down inside of you there is something magical that under the right circumstances will produce words of sheer beauty. Seeking your Muse is the search every writer undertakes every time he or she makes a serious commitment to putting words together for others to read in the hope that the words will in some way entertain, inform, comfort or inspire.
It doesn’t always happen. But when it does it is magical.
Have you found your Muse?