The Search for a Muse

The nine muses of Greek mythology: Clio, Euterpe, Thalia, Melpomeni, Terpsichore, Erato, Polymnia, Ourania and Calliope.
The nine muses of Greek mythology: Clio, Euterpe, Thalia, Melpomene, Terpsichore, Erato, Polymnia, Ourania and Calliope.

“In mythology, the Muses were nine goddesses who symbolized the arts and sciences. Today, a muse is a person who serves as an artist’s inspiration.” I think it is fair to say that writers can be seen as a type of artist. The writer may not work with the traditional paints, yet he or she can paint a beautiful scene just by using words. It takes a special type of person to be able to write with this effect. (It also takes a special type of person to be stubborn enough to finish a book.)

But you cannot just write on anything. I find that a person needs something that inspires them to write. It does not have to be related to whatever you write.

Lucerne Lion Monument, a beautiful monument for an awful piece of Swiss history.
Lucerne Lion Monument, a beautiful monument for an awful piece of Swiss history.

An example of this is when I write academic papers. I listen to electronica because it hypnotizes me and awakens my need to suspend judgment or knowledge and just listen. But when I prepare (and am) writing a sad or angry chapter in my book I pick a playlist of similar emotional level music. Right now, my go to is Tove Lo’s album Queen of the Clouds. I really enjoy this song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SB4MI11tPKU

Sometimes, what you need is not something of inspiration but just time. A “Muse can also refer to thinking deeply. If you muse about something, you’re giving it serious thought. You can’t muse in five seconds. People muse on certain ideas for years.” A truer expression I have not heard. Many of my longer literary works are ideas I have been thinking about for a long time. The writing portion comes much later.

I find that my stories begin with a colour, an image, or a really interesting character. I spend days thinking up a character, his or her background stories. The emotional and physical scars that he or she bears. Sometimes I begin with the world and define it before I find a character to follow in it. In all cases, I have a solid grasp of an idea before I go and write out what I am thinking on. Writing these ideas is different every time. Sometimes its a short story with a clear beginning, middle, and end. Sometimes it’s a beginning or just a middle. How you write it doesn’t matter as long as you write everything down. That way when you come back to the idea, you can remember where you left off and expand on it.

I hope this helps. I have included a bunch of inspiring photos incase you are looking for a place to begin your search. Happy hunting!

Taken by me.
Taken by me.
Taken by me.
Taken by me.
Taken by me.
Taken by me.

Sources/photo credit:

http://www.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=https://trixie360.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/the_muses.jpg&imgrefurl=http://trixie360.com/tag/greek-mythology/&h=600&w=1437&tbnid=zPYFuryt2uKuAM:&zoom=1&docid=zNJDkoNHiK-FqM&ei=aSbZVJmvGJOlyATfhYGoCw&tbm=isch&client=safari&ved=0CCAQMygDMAM

http://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/muse

http://www.mymodernmet.com/members/Pinar/content?type=BlogEntry&context=all&page=42

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