Is this the right timing (to write it, to join a class, to work with Lisa)?
What’s the optimal way to get this book written?
Should I self-publish or traditionally publish?
How do I organize the book?
How can I connect with you every time I write?
This list goes on and can get very specific. We try not to overdo the number of questions on a call and work to identify those that are key and timely.
If you’re not writing a book, you can still connect to the muse for any kind of creative guidance, such as how to:
Break through challenges
Identify what project to work on next
Clarify your next step
Rediscover your passion
Gain artistic confidence
Connect with your vision for the project
Understand and express complex situations
And much more!
The guided visualization I described offers one way to connect with the creative muse. Ready for more?
9 Ways to Connect with the Creative Muse
Breathe: As a qigong practitioner, I do lots of deep breathing. Deep breathing naturally helps us let go of stress, resets the nervous system and opens us up to the expansive universe of creativity.
Close Your Eyes and Ask: Yes, it can be that simple. Close your eyes. Then ask for guidance and support. (of course, feel free to add a few deep breaths here as well!).
Play: The creative muse loves to play! The more childlike the play, the more creative you get. So, take out those finger paints or crayons and draw with no other objective than to connect with your creativity.
Sing: Singing naturally raises your mood and uplifts, making it easier to connect with your creative source.
Skip: Skipping is so childlike. The creative muse naturally responds to such a spontaneously happy act.
Feel: Maybe you don’t feel like singing or skipping. Maybe you feel crummy. If you allow yourself to embody the feeling, get deeply in touch with the nuances of that feeling, and find a way to express it–through writing, art, movement, talking out loud, you can utilize your emotions for creativity.
Get in Nature: Okay, if you’ve read my blog for a while, you know nature is my answer to EVERYTHING that ails. But of course. The muse hangs out in nature. The muse appears in the animals you encounter; the elements of sun, wind, earth and rain; the plants that catch your eye. Go deep in your observations and you’ll likely find creative answers to whatever you’re wondering about.
Read Something Inspiring–and Short: Read a favorite poet (Rumi or Hafez, anyone?). Or a humorous writer (Anne Lamott or David Sedaris). But keep it short so it serves as a bridge to your own creative pursuits.
Be Grateful: When you focus on gratitude for your creativity and creations, you’ll find the muse responds with more.
What To Do Once You Connect with Your Muse
You’ve connected with the creative muse; now what?
Perhaps you’ve put together questions to ask; ask them.
Or maybe you just want to connect and create. Go for it: write, paint, choreograph, sculpt, sing, compose, play!
Or maybe you want to create an idea list and then choose something. Good. Do it.
Or perhaps you feel inspired to invite others to co-create with you. Sure, call them up. Or get everyone on a zoom call. Community can supercharge our creativity.
What are your favorite ways of connecting with your muse? Share tips, stories, anything you like!
Lisa Tener is an award-winning book writing coach who assists writers in all aspects of the writing process—from writing a book proposal and getting published to finding one’s creative voice. Her clients have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Early Show, The Montel Williams Show, CNN, Fox News, New Morning and much more. They blog on sites like The Huffington Post, Psychology Today and WebMD.