Titillating the muse

Julie’s post yesterday inspired this one. Being fearless is personal to each of us and it can be something small or something large, but no matter what it is, I believe it always excites the Muse – to the point of Muse wanting to wear a party hat and blow on noisemakers.

Here are a few areas of being ‘brave’:

Pursuing interests – I’ve always loved learning, no matter what the ‘norm.’ In high school I took “boy” classes – mechanical drawing, small engine repair, and woodworking – not because of the boys (I was too shy to say ‘hi’) – but because those subjects interested me. Girls who settled for the home ec classes called me brave since I stepped out of gender boundaries.

Self-improvement – I needed to be more confident in front of a room for my career. I joined Toastmasters and worked my way up from a mumbling, sweating, uncomfortable read-from-the-typed-speech speaker to confident, able speaker, and Area Governor. I still have butterflies whenever I’m in front of a group, but I know how to control them.

Following a dream – When I walked away from a lucrative corporate job several years ago to pursue freelance writing, all my coworkers called me brave. At the time I insinuated they meant ‘stupid’ or ‘insane’, but I came to realize they consider me brave because I decided to pursue my dream instead of someone else’s.

Pushing the limits – I try to take an adventure vacation each year. Something that truly gets me out of my life for at least a week. My first adventure vacation was a week rafting down the Colorado River. Everything I did that week was beyond my comfort zone. Everything. Some examples: I’d never been out west before. I went alone. Lots of motion (I’m motion sickness personified). It was mid-August, lots of sun (I’m pale, burn easy). I’d never done white water before (I fell out – the raft ended up stuck to a wall, nowhere to go but in the water – and had to be rescued). 5 days without indoor plumbing is nothing to scoff at. I enjoyed every second of that trip.Sheri Griffith Expeditions, raft on river in canyon

It’s amazing how much the world can open up, and how many ideas the muse can find succulent enough to play with, when you step out of your ‘normal’ life and try something completely new and fresh.

My Muse is easy to entertain, though. If I just do my walking route in reverse, for instance, she’s giggling by the time we’re back to writing.

Do you find it true, too? That if you push yourself, even a little bit, that the muse comes alive for you?

Lisa Jackson is an editor, writer, and chocolate lover. She’s addicted to Sudoku, cafés, and words. She writes fiction as Lisa Haselton, has a blog for book reviews and author interviews, and is on the staff of The Writer’s Chatroom where she gets to network with writing professionals on a weekly basis — and you can too! © Lisa J. Jackson, 2010

5 thoughts on “Titillating the muse

  1. Lisa you are so right. Anything that breaks us out of our routine is good for the soul and good for the muse. This is a good reminder for me as I am “creature of habit” personified.

  2. Lisa – I love all these ideas!
    Maybe it’s that I’m officially over-the-hill, but I’m finding it easier and easier to do things that used to scare the living daylights out of me. As I get older (and wiser?), I’m starting to figure out that nothing really awful is going to happen … and that the potential for gain usually outweighs the risk of embarassment.

    Thanks for the pep talk!

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