Since it is NaNoWriMo, I thought I’d talk about my muse–my inspiration, how I write.
I have always been a writer–my first story was called The Tallest Mountain In The World, and I created it way back in the beginning of elementary school, complete with my own illustrations. As I grew, I began to love the fantasy genre and dove headfirst into the world of new creations, magic, etc. And, I began to realize that I was more inspired in certain situations and with certain atmospheres.
These are the things that help me to write:
– crystal/quartz necklace, like this one I got from Hey June shop and other Celtic/fantasy jewelry
– dim lights and/or sunset
– fantasy pictures for inspiration
– Celtic music and fantasy adventure soundtracks (like Lord of the Rings)
When I was in a high school creative writing class, I actually wrote about my muse.
My muse is very picky about when she visits me. Usually, she flies to me at sunset. She then watches the sun go down as she tells me her ideas. She stands behind me with her hands on my shoulders, whispering in my ear after dusk, until I fall asleep. She loves to come during fall and winter, since she knows I have time off from school, and it seems like sunset and dusk lasts longer then. But she does like to tease me, occasionally. After I come home from school, when I’m supposed to be doing homework, she loves to open my novel and have me start writing. More than often, I have spent hours past my bedtime finishing homework that could’ve been done before dinner. My muse hates to see me bored out of my mind in school, so during dull classes she appears, though I do not always have paper to write on; then she teases me by showing me what happens and leaves me trying to hold that thought until I have paper.
I don’t have to search for my muse often, since she enjoys my company and watching me write about her and her culture, and her life. But she only comes when a certain atmosphere is in the air, which I try to always have, so she can come at any time. She doesn’t like it bright inside houses. So when in my room, she likes it dim, which is very pretty when the light reflects off of my lavender walls. She also likes it when there are dark, but soft colors, such as green, purple, magenta, silver and a certain shade of orange. She loves when it is warm, not hot, like summer, but not cold, like the freezer. She enjoys being comfortable on a blanket, or cushion. It is easier for her to tell me stories and poems when there is instrumental music playing which helps add emotion to the idea. My muse has given me plenty of artifacts for inspiration including many Pixie figurines, naturistic wallpaper, beautiful gems, and historic maps. She also has me keep fantasy, and adventure books on my bookshelf. She feels that I should diffuse their “magic” into me to help me write more.
What is your muse like?