Coercing Creativity

headbulbs580The Muse responds poorly to pressure. In fact, She cannot be conjured, cajoled or bribed.

But it is possible to create the kind of accommodations that increase the likelihood that cerebral light bulbs will flash and pop, and an idea will take shape.

Some people find they have the most receptive muse-moments while walking in a quiet place; some while catnapping or rocking on the porch or reading a totally unrelated book.

Me, I’m a hydrovehicular creative (if I can claim to be at all). Those few who read my post on this topic at Life, the Universe et Cetera the other day please peck around instead in the archives before you wander off.

(I confess I’m also a DendroRiparian writer-aesthete-creative. You’ll have to figure that one out for your own self.)

Otherwise, read My Best Thoughts Come in the Shower at LU&E and offer a few words about what it takes to bring your Muse your moments.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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