Muse and Creativity

Carrie Ryan, who will be posting her own thoughts on this later, has started a very stimulating discussion on the muse on ye old Twitter. Here are some wonderful links that have come from that discussion.

Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity Do watch this. It speaks to the divine in creativity, as well as hard work.

Jackson Pearce gets pragmatic on waiting for inspiration.

Matt Cardin of Demon Muse writes essays:
A Brief History of the Daimon and Genius

A Writer’s Guide to the Psyche, Part 1: Muses, Demons and Egos. (I am particulary fond of the Lewis quote embracing mystery rather than measurement of the mind.)

A Writer’s Guide to the Psyche, Part 2: Daimonic Creator, Egoic Editor (I feel comfort in the acceptance of duality, rather than the concept of I. After all, I am a Gemini.)

Catherine Keenan’s article When an Author’s Muse Packs Up and Leaves discusses spark and motivation, and how slogging it out isn’t always enough. Mostly it discusses motivation and the need to write. It addresses brilliance early on, and the various paths authors take.

I hope to put more links here as they occur.


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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