Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Circle of Muses

What's your Muse?

You often hear artists of all types talking about their "Muse."  In ancient Greek mythology there were, at one point, up to nine Muses who ruled over everything from poetry to astronomy.  These days few people mean these gods and goddesses when they talk about their muses.  Never-the-less, today's muses serve the same purpose as the muses of yesteryear.  They inspire within us a desire to see, to create, and to think beyond our daily tasks.  And, while today's version of the muse may not hover over our shoulder like a  guardian angel, we can still feel their weight pressing us to create.

So when do you feel that creative urge?

For me, like with many other authors, I find my artistic inspiration in the work of other artists.  Some authors need to read to find inspiration.  Some need only look upon a piece of art and feel the need to put it into words.  Others hear a song and feel the story behind that melody clamoring to the tips of their fingers.  Even another artist's passion makes me want to sit down and write something.

Is it possible that we've become muses to each other?  And if so, why wait?  If we want a muse, then let's go out and find it!
I'm not saying to go out and write a bunch of re-tellings and do a bunch of cover songs.  I'm saying that there are roots to the human experience in every form of art we experience and we shouldn't look over such an important resource.  So, if you're feeling a little stumped as to how to write an action scene, throw on a little Beethoven; if you don't know how your female character should react to a walking on her brother and best friend making out on the couch go watch a soap; if you want to know true joy watch a little girl laugh; and if you want to know what true cover art looks like do some research on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

Most importantly, never be afraid to play the muse for someone else. :)