Some academic writers claim that they can’t write until the mood or an inspiration strikes them. Often they don’t accomplish much writing as a result. Blame it on The Muse. The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that nine sisters, The Muses, were the source of our inspiration for a variety of forms of writing (and other arts).
Kerry Ann Rockquemore resucitates the concept only to drive a stake through its heart in the latest installment of her weekly column in Inside Higher Ed. “The Myth of the Muse” examines this fallacy and suggests strategies for making daily writing a habit.
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