A lot of friends have mentioned their muses the last couple days, so I thought I would really sit and ponder where my motivation comes from.
I've always said that my craft mostly reflects life. Sometimes I get story ideas from my own experiences, or base characters on people I know, myself included, but I need more than that.
The weather. I know, it's crazy, but the weather has an effect on my mood. I've always said I write better when I'm my most angsty, but thinking on it, that's not necessarily true. I also write well when the sun is shining, it's just different. I don't use as much emotion, I use more energy. So this kind of yin yang weather thing is definitely a muse for me.
Music. I cannot listen to music when I write. I have to have things perfectly quiet and still. However, music does pop into my head during certain scenes, and in my novel Mending Fences, and now in my WIP Finding Nirvana, music plays a major role. When I was writing, the second novel I ever wrote, Dena Powers: The Trouble with Boys, there was one scene in which Snow Patrol's Chasing Cars kept popping into my head, urging me along. Most the time the music is alternative or Indie because those songs just seem to speak to me.
My emotions. As I said before, the weather directly effects my moods, and my different emotions help me to write in a variety of different ways. I actually prefer to write when I'm miserable. I just think I write better when I'm brooding, but there's something to be said for happiness too.
I suppose if my muse took form, this is what she'd look like (and do not make fun of my drawing).
So tell me, how does your muse take form?