The word muse can be used as either verb or noun.
As a verb, it means “to think or meditate in silence, as on some subject.”
As a noun: “the goddess or the power regarded as inspiring a poet, artist, thinker, or the like.”
Both definitions apply to writers and other people of creative thought processes. Creative people must spend a good deal of time thinking about the next step in her or his creative process.
We also call upon our individual creative goddesses from time to time.
My creative muse’s name is Natalie (that’s what she told me.) She is one of the most important people I know.
She virtually shouts at me when a new idea is presented to me as a possible creative avenue to pursue. But she also, very quietly, works on ideas teaming up with my subconscious to ensure those ideas are coherent and worthy when it comes time for me to consciously work on them.
They make a great team, Natalie and my subconscious. Often is the time that an idea will occur to me during my writing that I had not consciously considered. I credit Nat and Sub for holding on to that idea to present to me just when I needed it.
It is important to listen to the muse. She is very wise and knows what the creative person needs. She probably knows you better than you know yourself.
She will inspire you, sometimes taking you in directions you wouldn’t normally venture to follow.
She’ll never steer you wrong. But she’ll always steer you in the right direction.
At times, a writer gets “married” to a particular idea. A character must act a certain way or these particular events must happen thusly. Though still being creative, this line of thinking leaves little room for digression, expansion or exploration: it limits the imagination and demands that certain steps be taken without allowing new steps to be created.
Follow where the muse takes you. She may be trying to show you a different perspective, one which might make all the difference. She may be introducing you to a new character, one which you didn’t think of but one which might add more to the story than you realize.
She may be encouraging you to experiment. Try something different, something new. She may be prompting you to use a storyline that others think nominal but which you can make astounding.
The muse has faith in you even when you lack faith in yourself. She knows what you can do, what you are capable of, even though you may be unaware of your capabilities.
She is there to believe in you when no one else does.
When the muse speaketh: Listen.