Your Muse

Nothing is quite so powerful as embracing your own perspective and learning to trust your own creative voice. Please enjoy "When I Met My Muse" by William Stafford.

Have you caught a glimmer of your muse? When and where? How did your muse encourage you? Where might you see your muse again?

Footnote: Muses are flighty and don't like to be depended upon. Better to establish your writing through discipline and routine (words we creatives avoid), than to depend on your muse for inspiration. That way, your muse will know where to find you and can sneak at whim.


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  2. I had an interesting conversation with an artist about this very thing. The question was, "How are 'art' and 'craft' different?" The artist told me that craft is the key to expressing the art within. In a sense being a slave to the craft allows one to be freer in art. Ironically his example was writing. Being able to tell a story well is at least as important as having a story to tell. My impression was that the order of progress is similar to what you describe: practice the craft of writing, and the stories (and readers) will come.

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