Our last couple of blogs have dealt with what initially inspires us to write and then keeps us writing when we hit those rough spots in our writing journey.
We have not touched on those people we come in contact with, along the way, who always seem to know when we most need a mental boost. I call this person my Muse. My Muse always seems to call or email when I need it most. There must be some psychic thread that binds us and warns her when I most need a word of encouragement.
In my case, my Muse was the first person to encourage me to write and her support has not wavered. She read my first novel and told me it was good. She inquires about my current work in progress and asks to stay involved. She is the first person to read what I have written. Then I surrender it to my critique group. I know that I thank her and tell her I appreciate what support she has given me, but somehow that doesn't seem enough. I go to her first because I know that when I am first exposing my baby to outside eyes that hers will be supportive. Then, I go to my critique group because they tell me the unvarnished truth. Writing would be so much less rewarding without both of these support systems.
Today is the occasion of my Muse's birthday. I am proud to count my sister, Linda, as my Muse. She is generous of spirit, supportive at all times and an individual worth knowing. Happy Birthday, Seester!
We all have those that we consider Muses. Who is yours?