What is a muse? In mythology, the muses were nine goddesses who symbolized the arts and sciences. 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.
Regardless of which muse you are looking for, if you wait for the muse to show up on her own, you will never create anything. Your job is to summon the muse, to make her come to you on demand. How do you do this?
By establishing creative routines, you can call the muse to you. Let’s start with the basics. Step One is to choose a certain time each day to create. We’ve already talked about finding the time of day when you are most creative, but I know life has a way of interfering. Those pesky bills still have to be paid, don’t they? So even if you can’t create at your prime time, pick a time for creating and make it a sacred time. Try to make it the same time of day each day. That way, your muse knows to expect your call.
Decide where you are going to create. Do you have a special space dedicated just to creating? I’m lucky. I have a small storage building that I converted into my writing cave/studio. When I walk into the little barn, my brain switches to creative mode. I know not everyone has that luxury. Find a place that speaks to you. It doesn’t even have to be at home. I wrote the first half of Broken Toys in the back booth of a Dairy Queen during my lunch hours. See what I mean? Set time, set place … my muse showed up without an engraved invitation.
Find your place and time. Next week, we’ll talk about creating routines that trigger your Muse to show up.
GLENDA THOMPSON, a columnist for the Pleasanton Express and is currently writing a series on finding your hidden talents. Glenda resides in Charlotte where she is hard at work on the second novel in a series about Texas Rangers with dark secrets. Her first novel, Broken Toys, is now available on Amazon.