Don’t rely on the muse

When inspiration isn’t there, we can’t give up and move on with our lives. Relying on the muse alone is a disaster waiting to happen, for the muse can fizzle out at any time.

We have to grab our muses by the collar, strangle them until they surrender, and then get back to work. Sometimes–most of the time–they won’t surrender. Muses are stubborn creatures, and they’ll fight back with all their might in order to resist creative productivity. They have their own ideas of fun.

Unfortunately their own ideas of fun usually come when we need them most. Grab your muse and get to work. Your output may be uninspired, uncreative, or even just plain bad. It’s certainly better than sitting around and doing nothing until your muse strikes. Who knows? The muse might just be running late.

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