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Ever since the beginning of storytelling, writers have invoked “the muse” to help them tell the stories in their mind. Are modern day storytellers any different?

Writing stories is an art form. Authors are, arguably, artists. Tell that to most readers, and they won’t have considered that fact.

Perhaps the invocation has become less formal, more “behind the scenes,” but writers often still depend upon the muse for their inspiration.

Where do you find your muse?

Here are some places I find mine:

Reading other stories
Music (with or without words)

Lately, I’ve become one of those writers dependent upon her muse to get my words written. Instead of being disciplined and pounding out the words, I have been lazy and waited for inspiration. As a result, my writing has subsided a great deal.

A muse is important. It’s the thing which inspires you, which makes you WANT to write. But waiting for the muse to write is crippling to most writers. Instead of using the time you have to put words on the page (maybe not the perfect, inspired words, but words nonetheless), you waste time waiting for a inspiration to strike.

I’ve done my share of writing–both inspired and non-inspired. Yes, the times the muse shows up are great moments to have as a writer, and always received kindly. But it’s the non-inspired moments which occur much more often and get the novel finished.

So what about you? Where do you get inspired? What do you do when inspiration is lacking? Do you sit down and tough it out? Or do you wait for the muse to arrive with inspiration in tow?

Tell me your tricks to getting the words flowing again.