Throughout the ages creators have spoke of a mystical being that gives them bursts of inspiration. They often refer to this being as their “muse.” Google’s dictionary describes a muse as such:
plural noun: Muses
(in Greek and Roman mythology) each of nine goddesses, the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, who preside over the arts and sciences.
"the poet's muse"
a woman, or a force personified as a woman, who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist.
noun: muse; plural noun: muses
Seems complicated. Now in today’s economy muses are hard to come by, but every once and awhile a few of us get lucky and find that person who sparks every bit of our senses and sends us into a creative overdrive. Recently I became one of those lucky few.
For the last five years I had my head wrapped around someone who I thought was my end all be all. My work was lackluster and my drive was dwindling. I am not blaming these circumstances on this person at all, I merely offer it has a pretext to the incredible turn of events that followed our recent departure from each other. Shortly after this person left my life another from my past came bursting in. Instantly I was alive. Some might say it is merely a rebound feeling of love and happiness, but what was different about this situation that was unlike any other “rebound” I had ever experienced was that I was writing again. I was blowing through script ideas and chapters of my novel. As a person who primarily focuses his attention on comedy, poetry wasn’t something I was going to dared dip my toe in. However, after reconnecting with this person I was writing poetry every day nearly. Some of it was good and I would share with her, but most of it was bad and I threw out. Regardless of the good and bad of it all I was growing as a creative person and all because this person came into my life and gave me a completely different outlook.
Now, I know that it is saying a lot to imply that a single person’s mere presence is the reason for my surge of creative output, but what I began to notice was that as I was around her more the more work I did and when I was away from her and we didn’t talk much, my work suffered. Many of us may have these types of people in our lives right now, but we don’t notice them in that way. Your muse doesn’t even have to be someone you are romantically involved with, but for me that just happened to be the case.
Take a look at the people you spend time with. Is there anyone around that you feel particularly creative after being with them? Try to spot those who you interact with that send a creative jolt through you and work hard to keep them around. That is the ultimate downfall of a muse. Often times they are only around for a brief period before moving on to someone or something else. It is important to recognize who your muse is because before you know it, they will be gone and you’ll be left wondering what could have been. It is important to let them know that you care for them more than just as a muse. Taking advantage or taking for granted the fact this person is in your life simply because you want to produce better work will end in heartache and loss. Cherish your muse inside and outside of your work. There will come a day when they won’t be here and you’ll be missing more than the inspiration they gave you.