Any type of art is, of its own accord, an act of creation. Some people avoid using the word in relation to mortals for religious reasons, but artists create tangible expression in one form or another. The act of creation has religious connotations for various reasons; this meaning manifests itself into art forms no matter the medium in the form of a divine spark. And that divine spark is given a name, a being, an explanation of entity – The Muse.
Except, The Muse does not exist. The Muse is an overrated, intangible idea that can quickly become an excuse for not continuing the art. Sure, inspiration is all around us – all artists have to start somewhere. But the artists themselves need to put the effort in the project to bring it to completion. And people get scared of the effort. People get scared of what the end result may become – or may not become – so they get caught up in “waiting for inspiration to hit.”
There’s nothing wrong with waiting to be in the mood to tackle a certain project – you may need to do more research, or maybe the art is triggering, and you need some time off from it in the name of self-care. But none of this has anything to do with a faceless entity that shoots inspirations at you like laser beams.
Leave The Muse in Greek mythology, because you’re The Muse of your own art.
Graphic made with BeFunky Photo Editor; muse graphic from Wikimedia Commons.