|Calliope - the Muse of Epic Poetry|
I grapple daily with resistance, distraction and a wandering focus -- formidable obstacles that pull me away from getting it done. An artist friend recommended a book that addresses the struggle against creativity -- The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. The author of bestsellers like The Legend of Bagger Vance and Tides of War, Pressfield confesses to struggling with these enemies himself. He also shares some insights on how he conquered them to become a successful writer.
My favorite passage in the book is an anecdote about Maugham, one of my favorite writers.
Someone once asked Somerset Maugham if he wrote on a schedule or only when struck by inspiration. "I write only when inspiration strikes," he replied. "Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o'clock sharp."I love this premise -- scheduling a time to write so it becomes a daily habit, an invitation to inspiration, like making an appointment for the muse to stop by. My goal is to make an appointment with her every day myself.
What are your secrets for inviting a visit from the Muse?
On Beyond Words & Pictures recently passed the milestone of 100 followers. To mark the occasion, I sent out a $10 Amazon gift card to Angela Scott, the 100th person to follow. Thank you to all my followers for reading and commenting.
For those who love art -- I recently wrote a review on a fascinating retrospective of paintings by California artist Charles Garabedian at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art -- in WhiteHot Magazine of Contemporary Art. Classical mythology is a recurring theme in Garabedian's work. It's clear he made the muse most welcome.