“Discipline allows magic. To be a writer is to be the very best of assassins. You do not sit down and write every day to force the Muse to show up. You get into the habit of writing every day so that when she shows up, you have the maximum chance of catching her, bashing her on the head, and squeezing every last drop out of that bitch.”
― Lili St. Crow
Image above is The Muse Calliope, painted by Eustache Le Sueur (1650-1652). Calliope is the muse of epic poetry. Click on image to jump to this image’s Wikimedia Commons page.
Let’s listen to Homer as he invokes the Muse:
“Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns
driven time and again off course, once he had plundered
the hallowed heights of Troy.”
From The Odyssey, Book I, Robert Fagles translation (1996), quoted from Wikipedia.