I have been an active part of the writing world for a little over a year now, and I follow websites/blogs of some Christian and some secular writers, and I have found that the secular writers talk a lot about their “muse”, but I’ve never heard that mentioned in the Christian writer circles. So, I became curious because I didn’t know what a “muse” was, but it was always referred to as a help to the writer.
Therefore, I looked it up and found that in Greek and Roman mythology muses were each of nine goddesses, the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, who preside over the arts and sciences. (That would explain why Christians don’t consider a muse). The other definition I found said: a woman, or a force personified as a woman, who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist.
I have been writing ever since I was a child and I never heard of a muse, even before I became a firm believer in Christ. I do not get help from a “muse” to write my stories. I have prayed for months over my writing before actually trying to write anything serious, seeking God’s guidance, and when the ideas began to flow, I knew they came from the Lord. However, as I write, in addition to God’s help, my POV character also helps with the writing a lot. The better I know my POV character, the more that character helps me write the story by sometimes telling me what they want to happen and they’re ideas are usually quite good.
So, I have God and my POV but no muse and I like what I have. It works well for me. What about you? Do you have a muse? And, if so, tell me about it.
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I think a muse is just a way to explain that inexplicable phenomenon of ideas that seem to come from nowhere, or from a totally fictitious character. Whether we understand the source of those ideas to be a muse, our subconscious, supernatural inspiration, or whatever, the results can still amaze us.