I love this exercise, which I posted here last year. I like to go back to it occasionally and keep answering the question in my journal. And I’d love to hear from you: Who is your muse?
Here’s the challenge:
Write “My muse is…” and quickly finish the thought with the first thing that comes to your mind. Continue writing “My muse is…” and completing the sentence at least 15 or 20 times. Keep your pen moving. Don’t pause; don’t think too much about it; don’t censor yourself! Allow yourself to write things that are silly, stupid, profound, nonsensical…just keep going and see what you come up with. Most of all, have fun with this!
Then post your favorites in the comments below — I love it when you share your creativity!
Here are some of mine:
My muse is an anteater sniffing around to find the perfect anthill full of crunchy little creative ideas.
My muse is a banana peel waiting for someone to slip on it.
My muse is a ballerina with three legs, creating new dances that only she can dance.
My muse is a little girl with tights that won’t stay up and a pencil box full of stars.
My muse is a guitar made out of cardboard and rubber bands.
My muse is a crumpled piece of paper with the formula for happiness written on it in hieroglyphics.
My muse is a conversation between two people who don’t yet know their hearts have begun to intertwine.
My muse is a moonbeam grinning down at me from the dark night sky.
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