Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Muse Knows Best

The current, chaotic state of the desk in my studio

"Confusion is the welcome mat at the door of creativity." - Michael J. Gelb 

My muse should play in the Major Leagues because she knows how to throw a mean curveball.  It seems that just when I start to get rolling with one project, she starts tossing a million other wild ideas at me.

Sometimes I really dislike this about her.   It makes me question my own ability to focus on a task.  It offends that part of me that likes things to be orderly and chronological or, at the very least, logical.  It makes me feel like I'm not being as productive as I could be.

But here's the thing: My muse really doesn't care about productivity as much as she cares about creativity.  She knows that while order and logic serve me well in many areas of my life, they often stand in the way of my creative process.  She knows that if I focus on any one thing for too long I become bored and complacent.

I will probably never be completely comfortable with the madness of her methods but it isn't her job to make me comfortable.  It is her job to keep me inspired and motivated and I think that requires throwing me a little off balance from time to time.

As you may have guessed by now, being a Slave To The Muse is not always easy.  However, the more I get over my ego's need to rebel against her authority and accept my role as her minion, the more I realize she knows what's best for the work and, ultimately, for me.

Wow, that is incredibly annoying. 

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  1. Wish all those people who go to art classes and slavishly do exactly what the teacher tells them could think more like you, Victoria! Great stuff! :)

    1. Oh thanks so much for saying that, Judy. Your comments are always such a wonderful source of encouragement for me.

      I would probably last about three minutes in an art class. I used to think that was to my detriment but now I know that is just me. :)