What is a Muse? When I was very young I was introduced to the word muse with the concept being something that inspires a singer to sing, a poet to write or an artist to paint. It's something I've related to myself on many occasions when I've been happily working at creating something new. I also call it "being in the zone" because it's there where things just seem to flow together. There's an entry here that describes the origin of the word in great detail, with my personal interpretation of a muse being best described as this portion; "Some authors invoke Muses when writing poetry, hymns or epic history. The invocation typically occurs at or near the beginning, and calls for help or inspiration, or simply invites the Muse to sing through the author. Some prose authors also call on the aid of Muses, who are called as the true speaker for whom an author is merely a mouthpiece." Feeding the muse is something that I find essential when it comes to creating. When I'm exhausted, stressed or feeling overworked the negative feelings can and often do steal the joy from creating; transforming the process into something that can be likened to working on a factory assembly line. Feeling of overwhelm or burn out is a huge clue for me that I've been starving my muse. So what do muses eat? Muse food is unique to everyone and can be found anywhere and everywhere. The simplest way to give your muse what he/she/it requires to fuel your creativity is to do something YOU love to do. Make time to play, listen to your favorite music, take a long walk in the woods, volunteer your time, cook or bake delicious food, read a good book, get your hands dirty in the garden, spend time with loved ones ... you get the idea. Feeding your muse happens automatically when you're doing something that makes YOU feel good! Do you think of yourself as having a muse? What's your favorite flavor of muse food?