In classical mythology (who doesn’t love mythology?), the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne are referred to as the nine muses, each responsible for protecting an art or science: Calliope (epic poetry), Clio (history), Erato (lyric poetry), Euterpe (music), Melpomene (tragedy), Polyhymnia (religious music), Terpsichore (dance), Thalia (comedy), and Urania (astronomy). Personally, my muses are my two daughters. Initially motivated by a diagnosis of cancer, I wanted to have some sort of record of my love of reading for my girls. Thus, the conception of AuthorGroupie.blogspot.com which has evolved into AuthorGroupie.com.
In an effort to convince my English 111 students of the validity of being referred to as authors (aren’t we all authors of our own story?) and after reading their memoirs, I assigned them the task of completing my author interview, Ten Questions. As responses are trickling in, I, once again, am amazed at my students’ creativity, honesty, and sense of humor. Mr. Carter writes in response to, “Who or what is your muse?”
“My muse would be the fact that if I don’t write I will receive a bad grade. I think that’s enough motivation for anyone to sit down and write something amazing.”
So, for this week’s Writing Workshop Wednesdays, who or what is your muse?