The muses from Greek mythology were the goddesses who inspired literature, science and the arts. A muse has such an influence on a person that they become the focus and inspiration for that person's creative work. Famous muses include: Gala Dali, muse to Salvador Dale, Yoko Ono, muse to John Lennon and perhaps...Mona Lisa?
No need to spend time with your subject, 24/7, however, if they need you, make sure you are always there for them. Whether it's a quick text: "You can do it!" or an moral boosting telephone call, a muse is always there.
If you know nothing about creative writing, do not try to be the muse of a struggling novelist! However, if you can think out of the box and help someone get over their insecurities then you can be their muse.
Don't over-muse your welcome! A muse stays in the background and gently steers his or her subject in the right direction. Words of comfort and support, clear guidance and a slice of your own creativity is all you need to offer.
Understand the path your subject is going down as well as the one they should be going down. Give them more of what they want, and give them a little of something else. This will nourish their ideas as well as make them think outside the box. Introduce an idea that is totally crazy, as it may spark something in their thought process.
Being a muse is a purely unselfish deed. Your muse-ness will be appreciated yes, but probably not in monetary or publication form. Being someone's creative inspiraton is gift enough for some. If you disagree, perhaps you are not cut out to be a muse...perhaps you need to be mused!
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