Be Inspired ~ The Nine Muses of Mythology

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By Wendy Zake

As a writer, I sometimes find myself running out of ideas and even become blocked on what to write about.  Sometimes it comes from thinking to much or just spending too much time alone.

The curse and cure for a writer, or just anyone who wants and needs to be inspired.  I have done quite a bit of research on how to write, what to write and the correct usage of the English language.  But what if you have some great ideas for a story or a book , poem, screenplay and you find yourself looking at your computer screen unable to write anything.  Where can I go to get the help, or push or shove in the right direction?

Maybe your personal life is in a shambles, you are single, you have few friends or your family does not support your creative ambitions.  Sound familiar, the curse of a writer.  You see all of your other writer friends, getting contracts, book deals, they have E books, workbooks for sale, Radio shows, Events, I mean the list is endless……”How did they do that?”  You ask.

They have impressive websites, that you know cost a bundle.  You are still writing in a blog on WordPress that is free.   Your ad’s on Google pay you 3 cents a day and all the affiliates you belong too get lots of hits, but no one buys anything. You are basically giving them free advertising and to top it off you are always a month behind on your internet bill.  Sound familiar, The Curse of a Writer.

The first thing I have learned, is to just write what comes into your mind.  That’s what I am doing right now.  Anything that pops into my head.  My brain often works faster then my hands can type……so don’t stop to fix all those words that are misspelled, just keep writing until the ideas subside.  That’s what I am doing right now….You should see this article and all the typo’s.

So where do your ideas come from?  I watch movies, a lot of movies.  While I am watching I keep a notepad handy so I can write things down, whatever comes to mind.  Maybe a conversation that reminds me of something that happened to me…maybe a book I read, or even something else I have written about, that’s sitting in my computer unfinished. I also read a ton of books and I buy and keep the ones that are my favorites on my shelf next to my desk, along with a very good Thesaurus and dictionary.  Words are a Writers Muse. Looking up words and their meanings along with other similar words helps to provide additional ideas that often can spark a brilliant idea.

I find that things that happened to you in a single day or even a moment are of the greatest inspiration.  You could be just very happy or sad, maybe a neighbor stopped by and you had a great conversation, or maybe one of your buddies you talk to online gave you a great idea.  This is how it happens.  When I go back and read what I have written that has been the most successful, they were the things I wrote about that were happening in any given day.  A poem, a story, a feeling, by using my creativity and just letting it flow, I find my best ideas and feelings come naturally.

So you might be asking, Where is the article on the 9 Muses? Well, here’s the story.

I have been single for over 14 years, I have dated off and on during  this time, mostly not.  I have been on dating sites, it was agonizing. I don’t take rejection well, or I just don’t seem to connect well for whatever reason.  I am not really sure what Men want.   I do know what I don’t want.  The secret was finding what I do want.  So I posted another profile recently, my headliner was Are You Inspiring? My description of myself and what I look like was honest, lets’ face it, I’m not 30 anymore.  So, at first, I got the usual one liners, pick up lines you might hear in a bar and the easy, hit the button, Meet Me.  It was obvious that no one was reading, they were just looking at the picture.  Then I changed my profile to read:

Before I even say anything about myself…This is what I’m looking for. NUMBER ONE: Someone who can read. NUMBER TWO: Someone who can follow instructions. NUMBER THREE: Someone who can write.

If You don’t have a picture, get one, if you are overweight, You are not Physically Fit. This may seem harsh, but I do know what I’m looking for. Ask yourself, first, when you look at my picture, Do You honestly think we have a chance to be together……Be Honest with your self. If you can’t read or write…..Then I am not interested.

Thanks for the pictures of your Fish, Bears, other animals and motorcycles, But I do not respond unless you write something, No One liners or Meet Me’s….Say something Inspiring! If You can make an EFFORT, so will I.

Then someone wrote to me, asking me, if I knew what the 9 muses were.  So you see I wouldn’t be writing this article if I hadn’t asked someone to be inspiring. I’m writing about my day and what happened to me.  I’m not sure if the person who wrote to me will become MR. Next……but it certainly did help with my block and another idea was born.  At first I was just going to write about the Muses, then my creativity just went flying off……

So take a chance, ask for what you need and want and watch what happens.

Ask The Muses!

The Nine Muses of the Greek Mythology

 

“Sing to me oh Muse”… The Nine Muses of the Greek Mythology were deities that gave artists, philosophers and individuals the necessary inspiration for creation.

Hesiod reveals that they were called Muses or Mouses in Greek, as the Greek word “mosis” refers to the desire and wish. The word museum also comes from the Greek Muses.

The Nine Muses were: Clio, Euterpe, Thalia, Melpomeni, Terpsichore, Erato, Polymnia, Ourania and Calliope.

All the ancient writers appeal to the Muses at the beginning of their work. Homer asks the Muses both in the Iliad and Odyssey to help him tell the story in the most proper way, and until today the Muses are symbols of inspiration and artistic creation.

In painting the Muses are usually presented as ethereal women with divine beauty, holding laurels and other items depending on their faculty.

The Muses in the Greek Mythology

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According to the Greek Myths, God Zeus bewildered the young woman Mnemosyne and slept with her for nine consecutive nights. The result of their encounter was the Nine Muses, who were similar to everything.

Μnemosyne gave the babies to Nymph Eufime and God Apollo. When they grew up they showed their tendency to the arts, taught by God Apollo himself.

They were not interested in anything of the regular human everyday life and they wanted to dedicate their lives to the Arts. Apollo brought them to the big and beautiful Mount Elikonas, where the older Temple of Zeus used to be. Ever since, the Muses supported and encouraged creation, enhancing imagination and inspiration of the artists.

Muses and Arts

According to the Greek Mythology, two Muses invented theory and practice in learning, three Muses invented the musical vibrations in Lyre, four Muses invented the four known dialects in the language – Attica, Ionian, Aeolian and Dorian – and five muses the five human senses. Seven muses invented the seven chords of the lyre, the seven celestial zones, the seven planets and the seven vocals of the Greek Alphabet.

Analytically the Nine Muses are:

1. Clio: The Muse Clio discovered history and guitar. History was named Clio in the ancient years, because it refers to “kleos” the Greek word for the heroic acts. Clio was always represented with a clarion in the right arm and a book in the left hand.

2. Euterpe: Muse Euterpe discovered several musical instruments, courses and dialectic. She was always depicted holding a flute, while many instruments were always around her.

3. Thalia: Muse Thalia was the protector of comedy; she discovered comedy, geometry, architectural science and agriculture. She was also protector of Symposiums. She was always depicted holding a theatrical – comedy mask.

4. Melpomene: Opposite from Thalia, Muse Melpomene was the protector of Tragedy; she invented tragedy, rhetoric speech and Melos. She was depicted holding a tragedy mask and usually bearing a bat.

5. Terpsichore: Terpsichore was the protector of dance; she invented dances, the harp and education. She was called Terpsichore because she was enjoying and having fun with dancing ( “Terpo” in Greek refers to be amused). She was depicted wearing laurels on her head, holding a harp and dancing.

6. Erato: Muse Erato was the protector of Love and Love Poetry – as well as wedding. Her name comes from the Greek word “Eros” that refers to the feeling of falling in love. She was depicted holding a lyre and love arrows and bows.

7. Polymnia: Muse Polymnia was the protector of the divine hymns and mimic art; she invented geometry and grammar. She was depicted looking up to the Sky, holding a lyre.

8. Ourania: Muse Ourania was the protector of the celestial objects and stars; she invented astronomy. She was always depicted bearing stars, a celestial sphere and a bow compass.

9. Calliope: Muse Calliope was the superior Muse. She was accompanying kings and princes in order to impose justice and serenity. She was the protector of heroic poems and rhetoric art. According to the myth, Homer asks from Calliope to inspire him while writing Iliad and Odyssey, and, thus, Calliope is depicted holding laurels in one hand and the two Homeric poems in the other hand.

 

About The Author:

Wendy Zake  is The Publisher and Editor of Global Light Minds.  My articles appear randomly on this site.  I’m working on several books and I really hope to finish one this year.  As a writer, I take from real life, dreams and mysterious things that happened to me.  My goal has always been to write when I get older.  To just go through life experiencing as many things as I can.  Then spend several years finishing the books.  It’s what I am doing now…I’m right on schedule.  So Never Give up.  It will happen when it’s suppose to.

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