It’s you who created.
It’s you who did not create.
Not a muse. Not a spirit. It’s you.
I believe in a muse (of sorts). I really do.
I believe you need to position yourself for your creativity, and I believe that you need to create a safe environment for your creativity to flourish.
But when happens when it doesn’t flourish?
Do you stop creating?
Did your ‘muse’ fail you?
Should you just wait for the muse to strike again (or not)?
The problem with believing whole-heartedly in the muse is this: it’s an easy out.
As artists, we can quite easily be ruled by our feelings. If our feelings say “we have no inspiration, no muse, no hope,” we can easily give up.
Redefine the Muse
To successfully navigate the creative life, we must redefine the muse.
The muse is…
A choice we make to position ourselves to create.
A helper, not a ruler.
An attitude of openness to the world around you.
The muse is not…
Something you have no control over.
Someone who comes to you when he/she/it feels like it.
Somewhere to go to find your creativity.
We get to personally take credit for our successes and failures.
If we don’t, we’re putting others in control of our creativity and that’s a scary place to let our dreams die.
How do you define your ‘muse?’
What do you do to stay inspired even when you don’t feel like it?
How would you ‘redefine the muse’?