How do you find your muse?.76 3/19/11 [choice A]. When you sit down to blog, or have a creative project of any kind you need to work on, how do you get yourself motivated to do it? What are your rituals or habits? I often will pour myself a cup of coffee. I will take a few minutes to get centered. Sometimes I just start writing or typing with no specific thoughts in mind. I am a fast typist, so sometimes I just start typing whatever I am thinking about at that moment. I love to start a number of little drafts on various subjects.
There are many things that give me topic ideas on any given day. Sometimes I will pull out some of my quotation books (Bartlett, et al), I might just randomly flip through and see what I randomly come upon. Sometimes, I have a specific quote in mind. These quotes themselves may or may not end up in the blog. They might just serve as a springboard to inspire my writing. There is generally a lot going on in the world, and I might blog about that.
Sometimes I find my muse in music. A line from a song might serve as an inspiration for a post. I find my muse in so many places: the landscape and scenery around me; literature; past or current experiences/conversations with friends’; and feelings or issues that I have at any given moment. I often write in order to work through an issue i have, and attempt to put it into perspective so that my perennial optimism can shine through/resurrect itself. I figure that I am not unique. if I am struggling with something, I am certain there are others that could benefit someone else as well. Sometimes the words flow effortlessly onto the page. Other times it is a struggle. Perhaps that is why I have so many drafts waiting in the wings for the right words to finish them.