In search of a New Muse

I need the reminder right now, so I’m reblogging and old post of mine. It contains some interesting observations about creativity, inspiration and motivation. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.

The Sprightly Writer

And I’m taking applications.

NOT!

I have been thinking about Muses lately, about using a Muse to help you tap into creativity and if it’s even necessary or advisable to have a Muse as inspiration.

It’s not difficult to see why a creative person might want one.   Oftentimes, there is a romantic element to Muses.  I think part of the allure of having a Muse is the tendency to idolize, idealize and fall in love with your Muse.   When you fall in love, your brain creates the chemical phenylethylamine (PEA) a neurotransmitter responsible for the thrill and energy we feel when we fall in love.   (Interestingly enough, this chemical thrill lasts only about 3-5 years…after that, oxytocin is the chemical that takes over…as long as there is adequate touching and cuddling, but I digress).

An artist can convert this surplus of energy into art.

I don’t think this phenomenon…

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About Casey

“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!’ ~ Jack Kerouac, On The Road Again
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