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Muse |myoōz|
(in Greek and Roman mythology) each of nine goddesses, the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, who preside over the arts and sciences.

“Muses Sarcophagus”, representing the nine Muses and their attributes

• ( muse) a woman, or a force personified as a woman, who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist.

so i have been thinking about this a great deal lately. the concept of a muse…

is it an internal drive? an external spirit? an actual person? a place? a universal belief/myth?

i believe the answer might be different for each artist/writer. the answer may also depend on the time period in the creative person’s life. i believe creative people are born with an internal drive that can be ignited by a person/place/experience — a novel circumstance that makes the muse sing rather than whisper…a circumstance that makes the muse so obvious she can’t be ignored.

the muse inspires/encourages/inquires about our art. sometimes it is through self-reflection or retrospect. other times it is an outside force waking us, stirring our passion. at some point in the lives of many artists/writers a significant person ignites their passion for a period of time and, by default, they “become” the muse personified.

it happened to me. quite unexpectedly, a remarkable person came into my life, slipped into my being and taught my muse how to sing loudly and clearly! i had never been as productive/prolific before…or since. there is a certain longing attached to that time. a desire to recreate what could not be captured or held on to.

for many the muse is who we write to/for/about…what about you? do you believe in a muse? what/who is your muse?