It’s time. I know it is. It’s time to answer the call of the Muse and declare my art.
Do you have that feeling? That knowing that there’s something you want to share and create?
Do you feel that seed of passion and expression growing and waiting to be revealed, externalised and manifested?
Resisting the Muse…
From a very early age I was writing stories and poetry and I loved it. I loved being given a word or a phrase and creating a story, or producing a poem from observation and from the heart.
I remember being told that I should keep on writing no matter what. That I should keep on dreaming and creating. My English teacher had so much faith in my writing.
I left a school in northern England during a time of mass unemployment and economic downturn and was encouraged to take a job. Writing as a career was never a ‘realistic’ option.
And somehow that seems to have stuck with me.
The Muse Manifests Anyway
When I consider my business life and career, writing and creation has been fundamental to it.
I’ve just written more ‘acceptable’ reports, specifications, research, training courses and software.
So although I did not embrace the fiction and imaginative side, my writing has been fundamental to career success anyway.
I would love to give myself permission to create another reality and paint it on a page for others to share.
Most of my recent stories are in my head. And even there the light is growing dim.
In the last few months I’ve been working with writers, I’ve written articles on writing, I begun my 100 day blogging challenge and am writing daily.
I think something is telling me it’s time.
What’s Your Hidden Muse?
I loved interviewing Sue Knight yesterday and learning about her inspirations, her way of processing and thinking and putting the words on the page.
It was a joy to uncover and explore, especially from my position of being on the fence.
Is it writing?
Is it music?
Is it Dance?
Is it creating workshops that change lives?
Is it writing plays and scripts that evoke powerful shifts?
Is it inventing technology that changes the world?
Is it using the internet in a way that shifts cultures?
The Explanation of ‘Muse’
A muse is said to be a goddess who inspires and encourages creativity in literature, Arts, and science.
Or a Wikipedia puts it…
“The Muses (Ancient Greek: Μοῦσαι, moũsai: perhaps from the o-grade of the Proto-Indo-European root *men- “think”) in Greek mythology, poetry and literature, are the goddesses of the inspiration of literature, science and the arts. They were considered the source of the knowledge, related orally for centuries in the ancient culture that was contained in poetic lyrics and myths.”
So where are you being inspired to begin?
What are you waiting for?
Listen to your Muse, call upon the goddesses of creativity, ask for inspiration and courage.
Then decide to begin and just write/dance/sing/paint/create.
Don’t wait for the right moment or the right time, or the right weather, just start.
We all know writers who are still waiting to write that book, to tell their story, who know they have a best seller inside and yet not one word has been scribed.
I know because I’m as guilty as anyone else. I have lot’s of reasons and excuses for not writing what is in my heart to be written…
Fear that no one will like it, a belief that there are more important things to do, a belief that my time could be better spent.
Just begin. Just sit down and start, instead of making that next cup of coffee, or checking those emails, or seeing what’s new in Facebook, or doing that little more research or telling yourself you don’t have time.
Stop it!!!! Just begin (note to self).