Okay folks, I'm going to try something new. GASP.
I am, among other things, a collector of quotes. The other day I wondered, what am I collecting them for? The answer came back, obviously to share with my blogging buddies.
So, every Thursday from now until I don't feel like doing it any more, I'm going to post a quote and maybe comment on it or ask a question or something original like that. These quotes will mostly be inspirational. They will be about writing, hope, life, love etc. And knowing me, there will be humor in there too.
To get the ball rolling I'm going to start off with one of my all time favorite quotes attributed to one of my all time favorite authors, Jack London. Good looking devil, don't you think?
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
Just like a caveman; go hunt your muse, then when you find her, club her over the head, drag her to your man-cave by the hair and demand a personal performance.
I have been know to wait inside my muse-blind. I have been known to scatter chocolates outside to tempt her inside with the promise of a slice of death-by-chocolate. But you know...most of the time waiting inside my muse-blind, waiting for her to find the chocolates I've left, just doesn't work. I have to go out there, sneak up on her and maybe throw a rope around her so she can't escape. And I'd say, 95% of the time, when I make the effort to play the game of catch and keep, Miss Muse will hang out with me.
So, in a way, old Jack was right.
How do you find inspiration? Or stay inspired? Do you go after your muse with a club or do you tempt her into your muse-blind with chocolate?