Tackling Your Muse – When it’s Time to Hunt for Inspiration

Writng Where is she? That wise, creative energy that is eluding me? Where is my muse? The one who gives me ideas and makes me jump out of bed in the middle of the night. The one who keeps me drinking cold tea, filling my head with ideas in the shower, or the one who keeps me from the shower when she’s around. She’s escaped me, she’s gone away. Muse – oh muse, come back here.

This may be exactly how you feel right now. Like your muse has temporarily left you. Life is busy, with holiday parties, obligations, commitments, the to-do list, laundry, shopping, and more laundry.

The muse has escaped.

Or maybe- just maybe she’s abandoned you, because you’ve abandoned HER.

This is more like it.

If your muse has left, and if you are itching to create, yet have a bazillion things to do and even more junk twirling around your head than you can even remember – now is the perfect time to bring out your big guns and go hunt that muse down.

You see, your muse is what keeps you writing. She (or he) is what keeps you creating. She’s the idea maker, the source of inspiration. She comes and goes and hardly ever when we need or want her – she’s usually on her own time and doing her own thing. She’ll swing by in the middle of a conversation with a friend, she loves to hang out in the shower, or even around the kitchen sink over a pile of dirty dishes. But she absolutely abhors the computer, or journal, or any other capturing device. How clever she is.

She’s elusive. She’s sneaky. Yet, she’s pure genius. It’s a love-hate relationship we have with our muse. More love than hate of course. Except when an impending deadline is looming and she’s nowhere to be found.

So I say it’s time to tackle her, sit her down and have a talking to with her. In order to do this, you may need to go for a long walk, take a hot bath, or visit an art gallery.

The key here is you must SEEK her to find her.

She’s a lot like Santa Claus. She knows when you’ve been creating or not, and she knows when you’ve been avoiding her too. She hides when you want to see her, and appears when you aren’t paying attention or after you’ve fallen asleep at night.
But enough is enough. Just go get her already.

Maybe it’s time to write her a note, and ask her to play more. Thank her for all of her hard work and dedication over the years. Perhaps buy her some flowers and chocolates, and turn on some of her favorite music.

Oh Muse- Come out, come out – wherever you are.

She loves attention, in fact she hates when she’s not the center of it. The more you ignore her, the more she’ll ignore you. Take THAT, she’ll say. Just when you need her the most.

She likes to play hard to get. She’s wants you to want her. And if she thinks you don’t care, she’ll move on, she’ll find someone else to entertain and inspire. She’ll sulk in a corner and give you the cold shoulder…until you beg her to come back.

So…are you asking your muse to come and play, or have you been wishing her away?