Muses and Motivation

If any of you follow me on Twitter, you probably guessed this post was coming. Today’s post is a question regarding your muse, your motivation. What is it, really?

The simple fact is that, if we are writing, something put us to that point. It may be the encouragement of a father, a mother, a brother, a sister or a friend, but something is driving us to write and write and write some more. But I find that, even when I’m almost out of reasons to write, I find something inside me driving me to push on. Whether it is some mad writing demon or God Himself I cannot be sure.

So what pushes you? What started you off, and what keeps you going even when it’s hard? Because it is hard. Sometimes you’ll look at your work, no matter how much you’ve done, and want to toss it in the trash. Sometimes you do. Sometimes something takes it out of the trashcan and looks at it again.

What, or who, is your muse?