Writers and romantic high-school boys often refer to their muse, or inspiration for writing. As near as I can tell, the two muses most appropriate for blog inspirations are Calliope (the Muse of epic poetry), Clio (the Muse of history), and Erato (the Muse of love poetry). Sometimes I can stretch it to include Thalia, the Muse of comedy. And it was Plato, the famous philosopher who declared Sappho to be the Tenth Muse. (Source)
But try as I might, I can’t find a muse of general writing or journaling. And forget about blogging! Mybe that’s because the ancient Greeks wrote their tales and journeys as epic poetry or history? Now there’s an interesting idea for a PhD thesis!
And I guess the Romans were too busy conquering the world to bother with muses of any kind. At least, I can’t find any. Which is strange, because the Roman pantheon pretty much mirrors the Greek, with only the names being different. Were they anticipating Jack Webb’s Dragnet by centuries? “Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.” At least, that’s what they claimed. I suspect it wasn’t so much to protect the innocent as it was to protect against lawsuits.
So why am I even interested in the nine Greek Muses at all? Because of a new writing tool I discovered yesterday.
From their site:
Twords nudges you to track your writing and establish clear goals for projects. Just set a target word count and fill up the bar!
This is the second day I’ve been using it, and I’m not sure I like it. This is what I’ve written there so far:
I’m going to write my next blog entry about TWORDS and how I’m using it to help me remember to write every day–even when I don’t think I have anything I want to write about.
I’m hoping this will help me do two things: write every day, and do it even when I can’t think of anything to write. Because that’s really what “writer’s block” is all about, isn’t it? An excuse to procrastinate, to put off actually working?
It seems like a lot. But in reality, it’s less than two single-spaced pages in any word processor, so it’s really almost nothing. And that makes me wonder: how many words is my average blog post? Should I add verbiage to pad them out to 500 words? Is that really being creative?
Or is it merely adding words to meet some arbitrary goal?
I just checked and my most recent blog post was almost 800 words, so maybe 500 is a reasonable goal, after all.
But here’s the thing: I’m finished saying what I have to say, and I’m only a little above 200 words. Maybe I’ll create an entirely new post for the blog, and use that to add to my daily word count here.
Back To The Muses
I thought with any luck, I’d be able to find a Muse I could beseech for assistance in figuring out what to write, but then I realized that was about as rational as praying to some non-existent deity to make me rich and famous.
In the end, I did what I always do, and called upon my own personal muses: hard work and perseverance.
They never let me down.
And for the record, that’s 565 words!