I’m struggling to put together a post about ‘the Muse’. I have a hunch it’s not the benign little pixie most of us think it is. I’m wondering, though, if it matters. Would it matter if you knew that your Muse were trying to kill you? Would you care?
While I work on this ‘dark Muse’ theory, I invite you to log on to three popular writing blogs. If I’ve been slack in publishing timely posts lately, I blame them:
Two of them have paid me the honour of being a “guest blogger” on their site. If you’ve taken an interest in my new free eBook, STORY STRUCTURE TO DIE FOR, you’ll find these Reece’s pieces to be succinct explanations of my theory. I can’t do better than this:
Meanwhile, over on The Artist’s Road, you’ll find a short interview with an American songwriter who speaks graphically about the Muse.
The interview started me obsessing about the purpose of creative endeavour. He describes the state of mind he cultivates for himself prior to performing — becoming a hollow bamboo. In this way, his Muse can work through him.
If that’s not annihilation of the personality, what is? I’m telling you, the Muse is out to kill you.
I can hardly wait to deal with that in an upcoming post.