Esteemed author Jane Yolen is well-known for sharing one secret in particular with regard to her productivity, and that’s – BIC – putting your Butt In Chair. Choose the time, the place, and show up. It’s where you need to be so that the muse can find you. I don’t know about you, but when someone has authored over 300 books and been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century, I sit up and listen. My writing companion, not so much. But what does Lucy know? She sleeps on tabletops.
As writer’s, poets, artists of any kind, we also know that the muse can often be a fickle little fly-by-night. It’s as if we’re taking dictation from some creative omnipotent being in our brains one minute, and in the next, the steady flow ebbs to a drip, drip, drip, until the last drop gets sucked back up into the faucet and returns to the reservoir from whence it came. This is when I ROTC (roll off the chair), rustle up the hounds, and set out to hunt that little minx down.
Disguised as inspiration,
I frequently find her peeking from behind a lily’s prominent pistil,
Nestled between a wandering buck’s antlers,
Winking from the heavens by the full moon’s light
Or resting in the man in the day moon’s eye.
She might ride the first rays of a rising sun
or splash a gargoyle’s feathered headpiece with her whimsy.
Lately, she’s been known to rise up from the ashes
and spark ideas like turning this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge into a writing exercise, as well. When you’re a muse, you do amusing things like that.
Now I suggest you check out the stunning photos taken on real cameras, not my phone photos, such as Lake Bled at Sunrise or Nancy Mehuys dazzling dragonfly. In keeping with the words of the challenge today, what’s your muse — what subject do you turn to frequently, more inspired each time?