Visit your Muse. Don’t wait for it to visit You.

This idea that you need inspiration to write is a bunch of bullshit.

In order to write everyday, which you should all be doing, you need to learn how to visit your muse — not waiting for it to visit you.

There will be times you’re in the shower, in church, watching TV, playing video games, when suddenly inspiration strikes you. You’ll go to your writing station and get it all out. These are the high moments of being a writer. Your muse paid you a visit. And the self satisfaction is glorious.

The other 96% of the time… you should be writing because you know it’s good practice. You know the more you write, the better you’ll be?

The MUSE: In Greek Mythology, they were the goddesses of inspiration and knowledge. All 9 of them.

The way I see it: The muse is this creature that lives in the back of your head. Like the writing bug, It feeds on positive energy, pain and laughter. And it loves to surprise you. These surprises come at all the wrong moments — Generally speaking.

Instead of waiting for the muse, show up at the muse’s front door and pop right in. Don’t take no for an answer. Just sit down and start writing.

Do this everyday. Set a time aside and write. Start making appointments with your muse. Literally set times in the day when you’ll meet up. This is called a writing schedule.

Eventually, your muse will learn that this is a two way relationship. It will learn, not only can it show up when it wants, but also, show up when you want.

This is easier said than done. I know, I know, many of you struggle to come up with material. This is from the lack of the muse doing its job. Just know that at all times, the muse has a little bit “left”. When it’s drained, learn how to fill your muse back up– this is of course, after a visit.

Like I side earlier. Positive energy. Pain. Laughter.

I sincerely hope you visit your muse everyday. Once your muse gets use to these daily visits, it will no longer screen your calls or not answer its door. Figuratively speaking of course…

Always be writing. Every day.

-REH

2 thoughts on “Visit your Muse. Don’t wait for it to visit You.

  1. margotmount January 26, 2013 / 2:45 pm

    This is seriously great. Thank you for posting, its really comforting to see your writing journey unravel. Keep going!

    • robertehoxie January 26, 2013 / 4:18 pm

      Thank you for the kind words! I appreciate that.

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