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.
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.