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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wednesday Spotlight: Lori Toland

I’ve heard from many writers about their lost muses and if I see their muse to send them back, or if I find a good looking man aka, their muse, to send him their way. 

The fact is, I don’t believe in muses. The only Muse from Greek Mythology that really comes close to belonging to the writers of romance and fiction is Calliope, Muse of Epic Poetry. Beyond that, we make our own stories and inspiration can be found anywhere. 

When I attended writing classes at the 2009 Romantic Times convention (you may see me mention this a lot because basically it was one huge party) many multi-published authors were asked about their muses and what they did to feed their muses. Time and time again, I heard. “Muses are not real. They are myths.” The gasp that came out of our classes was not to be believed. 

I took what they said to heart. Inspiration is everywhere, all we have to do is be open to looking for it. One writer said, “If you ever find yourself stuck in a story, don’t curse your muse. Back up until you find where your plot jumped the train tracks. Get it back on track and keep chugging the course.” Time and time again, I use that and I haven’t ever lost my inspiration. It’s always that I don’t have enough hours in a day, not that I don’t have inspiration.  

Still, I do offer my thanks and gifts to the Muses because I do write books about musicians and they are always getting off into trouble, especially Blaze and Jason. And boy, do I love the writing them making up too.


Maureen said...

It's so true that there are a lot of things in life that are inspiring but I have to be in the right frame of mind to appreciate them.
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cheryl c said...

It is funny that people actually gasped when told that muses weren't real! :-)
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