Writers often talk about their muse, describing it as if it were a real person. As I considered the muse, I thought, it must have many faces. After all we writers are a diverse lot. I checked the dictionary and found this definition.
Goddess of art: in Greek mythology, one of the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, goddess of memory. The Muses inspired and presided over the creative arts.
They were Calliope, Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia, and Urania, responsible for epic poetry, history, love poetry, lyric poetry, tragedy, sacred song, dance, comedy, and astronomy, respectively.
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Today’s writers might add a few other descriptions. Suspense, Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Humor, Westerns and don’t forget, invisible friend. I prefer to think of my muse as one of my characters. They bother me when I am trying to figure out a difficult scene, or insist on telling their story even if it has nothing to do with the plot of the book. But they don’t follow me around or interfere with my ‘real’ life. So I guess that means I’m not crazy.
“Are you sure about that?” my villain, Renwyk, just said.
Since our muse is so diverse I’d love for you all to share something about your muse. Are they bothersome, silly, difficult, opinionated or just there waiting to receive your instructions?