Five Ways To Work With Your Muse

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the muse at work: this result of creative camera play prompted me to think about a new painting

I am riding a creative high. I am curious, eager to learn and ready to practice. I’ve been more prolific in my creative output during the last month than I’ve been in a while.

My muse is being good to me and I am grateful. I’m also aware that it’s two-way street and that I need to meet it half-way.

Below are five ways I’m experimenting to craft a successful enterprise with my muse. I share them here in case you might be interested in experimenting with them, too.

Feed it.

Give your muse something to work with. See art, read poetry, browse a new-to-you shelf at the library. Revisit your inspiration board – or create one if you don’t have one. Let yourself be inspired by others and their creative process. Study. Seek like-minded people and create discussion. If you’re not ready to create the discussion, then find a place where you can tune in and listen.

Invite it.

Extend an open invitation to your muse by showing up in your creative practice. Aim for consistency. The more you practice, the more you invite your muse to the table. The more your muse gets involved in your creative process, the more fun it becomes. The more fun it becomes, the more you’ll want to practice and produce great work. It’s a very rewarding cycle.

Give it space.

Sometimes the best way to bring a creative project to its next phase is to step away from it. If you feel frustrated and obsessed without any forward movement, it may be time to put things aside and come back to them later. Once your muse perceives the extra mental space it may surprise you with a new direction.

Be ready.

The muse likes to speak when it’s least expected, you never know when and in what form your next creative insight might show up. Grab your camera on your way out. Carry a notebook and a pen. Be open and aware of what’s unfolding in your world.

Play.

Let go of creative “shoulds” and experiment. Try a different medium. Connect new dots. Chances are your muse wants to play too. Play without agenda leads to discovery; it led me to a new series of digital art. Aren’t you least bit curious to see where it could lead you?

How do you build and maintain a solid partnership with your muse?

 

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