Nurturing the Muse

When a story idea is tender in our minds, it can be difficult to feed that idea the right “ingredients” to help it grow into a flourishing narrative worthy of telling.  We often try a lot of things to nurture a specific idea, to make it grow.

In my experience, we need to take a longer view.  The muse is an unquantifiable bit of inspiration that has been personified in various mythologies due to its masterful influence on the human psyche.  It’s no wonder, then, that I’ve found nurturing a relationship with one’s muse, like nurturing a relationship with another person, is a lot more productive than trying to force the muse to inspire you in a particular way.  If the muse is your friend, then, like a friend, your muse will be there for you when you need it.  If the muse is your servant, then the muse may choose to seek its employment elsewhere.

Give your muse time and opportunity to converse with you, to influence you, to help and hinder you.  Don’t treat the muse like an unappreciated servant sent to do your bidding.  There’s give and take, and if you follow where the relationship takes you, you just might find the gold at the end of the rainbow.

About Stephanie Allen Crist

Stephanie created and produces in answer to a call from God to use her experiences and gifts to help others. Stephanie is also the author of and two books that can be found on that site. Stephanie strives to share her love, faith, and talents in an inclusive manner to help others who know spiritual pain and who know the bitter taste of the dregs of despair.
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2 Responses to Nurturing the Muse

  1. acflory says:

    lol – what a lovely way of describing the creative process 😀 My own muse can be quite stubborn, punishing me with writer’s block when I don’t listen to its whispers so I’ve learned to play nice and never ignore that little voice in the back of my brain. It’s been right every time so three cheers for muses everywhere.

  2. It is a learning process. When I was younger I had a lot of problems with writer’s block, especially when it came to endings. I still sometimes struggle with endings, but I never have writer’s block. If I’m struggling too much with a particular piece one day, there’s always something else to work on. And when I come back to the original piece, I can make good progress. Muses definitely rock!

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