Thursday, May 5, 2011

Where great ideas come from…

by Leanne Dyck

Someone once said, “If I knew where great ideas come from, I’d go there more often.”
I have yet to solve this mystery. However, I know who is responsible for all of my great ideas—my muse.
My muse is of me, but outside of me. She is my link to the global, eternal wealth of creativity. To nurture her, I must take proper care of me.

Discipline: I must have structure in my life. So, I keep regular business hours and am open to creativity 24/7.

Stimulation:  I fill my life with the work of others—books, art, music. This inclusion allows my muse to dance.


Concentration:  I must be able to focus. In order to do this, I need to control stress factors in my environment. So I take care of my health and my relationships.


Enjoyment: I have learned that my muse works the hardest when I am happy. So, I make room for the positive—through my actions and my thoughts.

Responsive:  I listen closely for my muse’s call. Weather she calls in the morning, noon, or night I’m ready. Pens and paper are always (usually) easily accessible.

How about you? How do you nurture your muse?


Maureen said...

S'mores. And rum.

He's a pirate. He likes to sit around the campfire on the shore while I roast marshmallows and stack the s'mores.

And we tell each other stories while passing the rum and eating the snacks.

How does this nurture him? Well, it's more like it tames him.

Did I mention he's a pirate?

Jessica E. Subject said...

My muse always seems to visit in the shower. I guess that's the time I'm the most relaxed. The trick is getting the muse to stick around after.

kathleen said...

Great post, Leanne!

I nuture my muse in some of the same ways you mentioned. I also find it helpful to discuss my plot ideas with anyone who will listen. When I verbalize my story, I can see the movie in my head clearer.

Author Leanne Dyck said...

Thank you for visiting me here--Maureen, Jessica and Kathleen.
S'mores, showers and verbalization--great tips and I will use them.
Happy writing