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    Is the Muse Literal?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Killer300, May 7, 2011.

    Okay, something I've wondered recently is does anyone have a literal muse that they can picture in their head? Or, is this purely a metaphorical construct for most people that is basically a glorified synonym for creativity? Very curious about this to say the least.
     
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    I don't think I have a "muse", unless that's what you want to call life experience and frustration? :p
     
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    I know that Elgaisma has a fairy she uses to work out plot problems, but I don't think that counts. The whole idea of the "muse" is a relic from ancient Greek literature.

    I don't have a muse. When I'm stuck, I watch hockey, soccer or baseball, depending on the time of year and my state of mind.
     
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    I've never viewed a muse as being tangible, or even imaginable. Though that's how they are portrayed in cartoons and such. I've actually never used the term "muse" to describe my inspiration. Therefor I guess if I lost my muse I would just call it writer's block, and if I found my muse I would just say I was inspired.
     
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    I have a muse. Their called Muse.

    Oh and Metric/RATM/Sia/RHCP/YouMeAtSix.

    :)
     
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    Ba-dum-chh!

    I have muses, but only in the sense that they symbolize the character I'm writing. It's like I've made my writing into a movie and these are the people who play my characters.
     
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    Thought so, but I was curious to know if anybody really had a literal muse, but that's probably more of a anarchronism left over from Greek Mythology and stuff.
     
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    See, I think that when we think of 'muses', we just think of what inspires our work.. if that's what you mean, then yes. My little 'actors' are real people. One is my best friend, who's endless love and devotion has made me use him for one of my supporting characters.

    Aoide, Melete, and Mneme don't make moonlight appearances, though. Safe to assume they don't for many people. :p
     
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    i don't have any 'literal' muse... nor do i even imagine i have a 'figurative' one... i was apparently just 'born to write'...
     
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    My best friend is my muse. She manages to inspire me even if I don't ask for it :p
     
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    Mine is more an understanding of the kind of reader who would understand and appreciate my story.

    I like how Stephen King explains the muse. For him, his muse--or Ideal Reader--is his wife. He writes to please her, and he'll wonder at times what she'll think of a particular section of a story he just wrote.

    I think having an Ideal Reader requires understanding what type of literature, what type of plot or character or conflict, rocks your world. And then writing to get the approval of the reader who would also get off on your story as well. I'm still coming to terms with who my IR is for the type of stories I tend to write.
     
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    Thats a good writing ethic. I likey
     
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    Well, usually my muse is... Everywhere. Music, objects, people, events.
    No, I don't have a little person in my head, if that's what you mean. ;D
     
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    Interesting. Well, I guess my ideal reader would be someone who loves weird concepts.:)
     
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    Not really tangible but my muse is that feeling you get in your chest when every thing is right. The same feeling that causes the tingling sensation when ever you have an epiphany or you know something really bad is about to happen.
     
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    Sometimes people metaphorically call the person who inspires them their "muse". Like a girlfriend (rarely a boyfriend, for some reason).

    Personally, I don't think in terms of a "muse", but it's a clever metaphor.
     
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    I never looked at it that way but yes that is right or feels right.

    If it was a person it would be other writers. I get inspired when I read books.
     
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    My muses often come from unexpected objects, people or events that inspire me, so no, I wouldn't say I have a 'muse' per se in that sense.
     
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    Muse? Yeah I got one. She's in my head, I think. And she won't shut up!
     
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    How I feel actually, although mine I've realized is the character of that story yelling in my head plot details and demanding to be written.
     

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