The Muse

Aug 24, 2020

"The Muse visits during the act of creation, not before. Don't wait for her. Start alone." - Roger Ebert

One of my favorite quotes and one I keep needing to remind myself of. No matter how blocked or stuck I am, if I just force myself to start writing or designing, it's not long before the ideas start flowing.


David Aug 24, 2020
I hadn't heard of that expression. Good one. I think it was Picasso who said that "Inspiration comes, but it has to find you at work".

Paul Aug 25, 2020
"The Muse visits during the act of creation" - I wish she'd knock before she comes in the room, it's really embarrassing when that happens.

Also, I only just found out about the Delores mini-adventure and I played it and it was excellent and I really like the new interface - looking forward to what you're cooking up next in the lab.

dada Aug 25, 2020
In my case I get visited by an old hag, that yells at me, curses me and laughs at me. But she does get me further than if I did nothing.

Iron Curtain Aug 25, 2020
I've noticed that the Muse comes _during_ and _before_ the act of creation, in my experience. However, if the Muse comes _long before_ the act of creation, the work is going to be good!

Francesco Favia Aug 25, 2020
This is the base of psychology and the work of a therapists for his patients.
No matter how you feel, if you are scared or blocked.
Just start to do things in your life. New job, new love, new projects, new challenges.
Once you start it all comes natural.

Evan Aug 25, 2020
I could use a visit from a muse,  I've been handed off what has got to be the worst thought out, illogical  logo for a fitness tracker of all time.  I'm supposed to incorporate it into the main metrics screen as part of an infograph type summary.  My design head is screaming in revulsion.

mancomb seepgood Aug 25, 2020
just wanted to say that you could make a new game with no reference to MI, but with the gifts of allegory and metaphor you could easily tell a MI  story new characters in a new setting. We would all enjoy deciphering that cod

Ron Gilbert Aug 25, 2020
Or, I could make a complete new a different game. Doing new things is fun.

seepgood Aug 25, 2020
Just a suggestion based on the topic. The two are not mutually exclusive. Devout followers seek meaning from the creator  wherever he sows his seed. Doing what one did 30 years ago is also fun!

blombo Aug 26, 2020
@dada
That's Ms Parker, she just drinks a lot.

thc Aug 27, 2020
You can force yourself into a creative mode, but mostly it doesn't compare to the magic when you're in the right mood and everything comes together.


dada Aug 29, 2020
@blombo
What an enchanting lady. Where would i be without her.

Steve Brown Aug 31, 2020
I second that claim that doing new things is fun.  And as I'm really not the nostalgic type, I'm going to go so far as to say, "...and doing familiar things gets tired, eventually.  How long it takes to become tiresome is a mark of its excellence."

Brian Goldberg Sep 12, 2020
It's really always that way. I have tried to figure out what the "best" time to start working on something is, and I keep surprising myself that it really doesn't follow any hard and fast rules. Sometimes I'll start work on something that turns out great and I'm convinced that it's because I was well rested and the weather was pleasant, and then one day I'll outdo myself while hungover on a rainy day.

Honestly though, there is something to being present and aware to a certain degree. If we lose our connection to the moment, it does become much harder to access our creativity.

Spaceship789 1d ago
"The Muse went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the Heavens and the earth, and the Muse that was under him went away." (II Samuel 18:9)

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