Maureen Johnson, author of SUITE SCARLETT and other YA books, has an interesting post about muses. She calls them "credit-stealing parasites." Personally, I couldn’t agree more.
I don’t have a muse. Never have, never will. Maybe I was absent the day they were passed out to writers. Who knows? But if I did have one, I’d probably kick her out the door.
I know, that sounds kind of harsh. I've just never been fond of muses because every writer I know (who has a muse) speakes about her like she's an outside influence. If she's in a rotten mood, the writer can't work. If she's happy, the writer is so productive she can move mountains. It almost sounds like muses are slave drivers, issuing orders to serve their whims.
Personally, I’m no one’s slave. If I want to write, I’m going to write. Muse be damned. My inspiration is never affected by outside influences. It's deep, very deep, within me, and I can tap into it at any given time - it's not based on how happy or fickle a muse is feeling.
I guess you could argue that a muse is really internal since she's basically an imaginary friend. But she's still an external projection of that. And that just doesn't work for me.
I know this isn’t a popular view in the writing community, and I see the lynch mob heading my way because it sounds like I've just insulted everyone's source of inspriation.
No! Wait! Let me explain!! I really do have a point!
Every writer is different, and what works for one may not work for another. Muses don’t work for me, but that doesn’t mean I’m saying “death to all muses!” If you have a muse and like working with her, then YAY! I’m glad you’ve found something that works.
Just make sure she knows who’s boss: YOU.