Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Romantic Muses - Who's your muse?
A lot of us writers often throw out references to our muses. "Oh, she went on vacation, I can't write anything now." Or maybe: "She's on fire. I can't write fast enough for her." Some of our muses even have names and inspire us in ways we often don't realize. But where did muses come from?
From Greek myths, the muses are goddesses and the inspiration for literature, sciences and the arts. They are the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne. Some of their names may sound familiar: Calliope, Clio, Thalia, and Erato is the muse for love poetry.
Erato's name shares the same roots as Eros. She's the muse of lyric, love, and erotic poetry. She's often depicted holding a harp and in Eros' company. From the pictures I've seen, she reminds me of Venus – a beautiful young woman, gifted, graceful, and inspirational.
Finding romantic inspiration can be easy- it's all around us. Flowers, chocolates and cards are materials things that inspire romance. You can dedicate a song to your loved one. You can write them a poem about your feelings. A romantic gesture can go a long way. Treating your loved one to a movie or a dinner are romantic gestures that a muse might inspire. How does Erato inspire you?
Question for you: Do you have a muse? What is his/her name? What have written or done that you can say your muse inspired you?
Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 Dispatcher for LAPD. Her short story, "Matchmaking Amusement" is in the Be Mused Anthology.
ABOUT "BE MUSED"
Muses are fickle creates, sprinkling inspiration on their wards as they see fit.
They live in a world just right of center from ours, and to them, we're just the day job. Muses need lives too, you know.
Enjoy this collection of stories compiled by several authors at Desert Breeze Publishing that will give you some insight into the world of the ethereal creatures who inspire the arts.
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4 Stars for "Be Mused" from Long & Short Reviews: This collection of stories will not only give you a new perspective to the writer behind the words on the page you are reading, but a good laugh as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
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