I believe it is important to write every day, and I try to write whether or not I feel particularly inspired or creative. Writing crappy words that will need revision is better than not writing at all. However, writing is certainly easier and more enjoyable when I feel the presence of my creative muse.
I define my creative muse as present any time I feel I’ve had a productive and inspired writing session. While at times it seems like my creative muse comes and goes as she pleases, I believe I can prepare my writing space and myself to enable the productive, creative environment I seek.
I can lure my creative muse out of hiding.
3 Simple Ways to Lure Your Creative Muse out of Hiding
1. Lure Your Creative Muse by Filling Your Space With Inspiration
This could be motivational quotes, a picture of your family, a trinket from a far off land, or any other object that inspires you. For me it’s a bit of everything. Motivational quotes from my favorite authors, a framed ultrasound of my baby boy—it’s the best picture I have of him for now—and a little gold elephant I got in Thailand. These are just a few of the objects that inspire me, remind me why I write, and help me feel like my creative muse is cheering me on.
Tell me in the comments what object most inspires you!
2. Lure Your Creative Muse by Having Your Own Writing Visible
Every now and then I feel like I write something really good. Better than the rest. It comes easily (sometimes with revision, sometimes without), it feels inspired, and I’m really proud of it. It’s as if my muse was visiting when I wrote it. 😉 To increase the likelihood of repeating such a writing experience, I like to have a piece of my own writing hanging on my wall. It reminds me that I AM a good writer. It reminds me that I have written well in the past, and I can continue to do so.
3. Lure Your Creative Muse by Following a Writing Routine
My best writing occurs when I follow my writing routine. It helps me focus and prepares me to be productive and creative. Every writer is different, and there is no one way to establish a writing routine. Find a routine that works for you, and enjoy an increased level of creativity. Following my writing routine is like preparing a giant feast that my muse can’t resist.
What do you do to attract your creative muse?