Today’s post is all about the Muse. And what s/he represents. Imagination. As you all know, my Muse is named Iffy. I picture her as a pouty child with very large scissors. Why is she a child? Because children’s imaginations are the stuff of legend. And sadly, because as we grow up, that’s often the part of us–the BEST part of us–left behind. Writers and other dreamers manage to hold onto our imaginations. We create Muses to personify it. For those of you participating in National Novel Writing Month, today is the 21st day. And today, you have permission to give your Muse the green light. Let them out to play. And to help you along, here are some of my favorite quotes for inspiration or to give you a nudge.
Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try! ~Dr. Seuss, American author
I can always count of Dr. Seuss. He is the thread that ties my childhood to The Only’s and who will lasso the Magic Bean into our web, too. His wit and wisdom transcends ages.
Live out of your imagination, not your history. ~Steven Covey, American businessman
This speaks to those who define things based upon the past. Put the past behind you. Look to today and tomorrow. Both are filled with possibilities if you just let your Muse fly.
Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere. ~Carl Sagan, American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author
This. As writers, we create worlds for our characters with the hopes of drawing our readers into those worlds. Imagination takes us there. Hard work keeps us there. But without Imagination to lead the way, we go nowhere.
Keep writing. Keep reading. Keep imagining!