A Muse or A State of Mind?

A Muse or A State of Mind?

Once again The Divining Wand asked its authors: What does your Muse look like? Or what does s/he sound like? Or what does s/he feel like? Muse(less)? What inspires you to write?

And this time the responses introduce several interesting characters, real or imagined.

Debutante Joëlle Anthony (Restoring Harmony YA coming May 13, 2010):

“What does my muse look like? Well, he’s tall and skinny and always hungry. Oh, wait…that’s my husband. But actually, they are one in the same. So much of what I write is either inspired or encouraged by him. He has made the whole writing thing possible for me, and now it’s my turn to support him in the style he’s become accustom to. Luckily, that style is as a minimalist. Seriously, I couldn’t ask for a better muse – funny, sweet, a great reader/editor, and while he allows me to fail, he expects me to try my best.”

Meredith Cole (Posed for Murder):

“My muse doesn’t look like anything or anyone in particular. I think s/he is more of a state of mind I need to reach to open up my imagination and let in new ideas. The pleasure of creating something new inspires me to write. A story gets a hold of me and I want to find out what happens to the characters. I write the kind of stories that I love to read.”

Eileen Cook (Unpredictable, What Would Emma Do? YA and Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood YA, coming January 5, 2010):

“Picture my muse as a small petite thing, she looks elegant and beautiful, but she swears like a sailor and has been known to drink bourbon. She likes manhattans and says it is for the cherries in the drink, but I think she lies. You don’t want to see what she’s like when she’s cranky.”

Thaisa Frank (A Brief History in Camouflage, Sleeping in Velvet and Heiddegger’s Glasses coming May 1, 2010):

“My muse is a hunk whom I apparently time-share with at least one other writer. Or perhaps it is just me. When I get a title, I know I have a book or a story. Now and then it’s a key image.”

Jessica Barksdale Inclan (Being With Him, Intimate Beings, The Beautiful Being):

“My muse is my second grade teacher, or looks like her: skirt, hair up, glasses. But she also has a whistle and a yard stick, making sure I get in my chair to write! My muse is a taskmaster.”

Holly LeCraw (The Swimming Pool coming April 6, 2010):

“I just tell myself: get to the place. I know when I’m there. I can’t wait to get inspired; rather, I have to start working, and have faith that inspiration will come. Inspiration is mainly a matter of getting out of one’s own way.”

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One thought on “A Muse or A State of Mind?

  1. My laptop is probably the closest thing I have to a muse. That’s why I get a nice new one about every three years. Other than that, I write for the reason Meredith lists, and also for attention and the (hope of) money. So perhaps a “notice me” dollar sign is my muse.

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