Inspiration is the windfall from hard work and focus. Muses are too unreliable to keep on the payroll.
Helen Hanson, in "For Writers" (14 July 2010)
To feed your Muse, then, you should always have been hungry about life since you were a child. If not, it is a little late to start.
When inspiration does not come, I go for a walk, go to the movie, talk to a friend, let go... The muse is bound to return again, especially if I turn my back!
There is no place for grief in a house which serves the Muse.
Who knows where inspiration comes from. Perhaps it arises from desperation. Perhaps it comes from the flukes of the universe, the kindness of the muses.
I have always believed that opera is a planet where the muses work together, join hands and celebrate all the arts.