“Use your muse.”

“Get in touch with your muse.”

Portrait of a Muse.What is a muse and how does one use it and get in touch with it?

The other evening I had the extreme pleasure of conducting a call on how to get writing ideas out of your head or organize the notes to get them down on paper once and for all.

One of those steps cited was to “use your muse.” Use that very thing that gets you out of your head to begin the writing juices flowing again.

Recently on a weekend morning television show, comedienne and actress, Carol Burnett, was featured. She is one of the many women I admire and enjoyed watching over the years.

When Ms. Burnett saw the potential television would bring in the 1950’s, she wanted to be a part of that creativity. However, the producers told her she was “too big,” too loud for the small screen. As if that wasn’t enough of a slap, they told her variety shows were meant only for men to host.

As you may now know, Ms. Burnett did not listen to them and found a way to make her vision work; she persevered, kept going forward and was able to bring her creativity to the world.

Thank goodness! This world is a much better place from the laughter she brought to us on Saturday evenings via Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence, and so many more great entertainers!

Carol Burnett is one of my muses.

Using your muse can be done in many ways — it can help you to write or it can inspire you to keep going forward.

What or who is your muse? What gets the energy flowing for you to write — or simply to get the dam of ideas streaming again?

I’d love to hear about them.

To your writing success,

“Who knows where inspiration comes from. Perhaps it arises from desperation. Perhaps it comes from the flukes of the universe, the kindness of the muses.” ~Amy Tan