I read another blog post about giving your muse a name, and I realized my muse has several names, each belonging to a distinct personality. Hmm…what does that say about me? Anyway, he’s based on a real person (yes, he’s male) and several fictional characters.
The one who visits me most is an artist like me. He’s sensitive (I hate using that word to describe a man, but it fits him), he’s quiet (not shy, he just doesn’t talk unless he has something to say), and he has a naughty streak in bed. He understands me and indulges me, but he knows when I need a kick in the ass. He inspired Will in my new short story series.
Another frequent visitor is also an artist, a storyteller. He loves drinking and he loves women. He’s a little bit cowboy, a little bit rock star, a little bit All-American quarterback. He’s a bad, bad boy, not boyfriend or husband material by any stretch of the imagination. He inspired Austin Sinclair.
The man who inspired Jack Wheeler has a tragic past—I think. I’m still learning about him. That’s why he’s so appealing. He’s constantly surprising me. He’s dangerous, but he has a really big…heart, and I think that surprises him too. He has long hair like Jack’s. I melt just looking at him.
And then there’s the guy who inspired Alex (also from my new short stories). He’s very complicated. He’s not just bad—he’s evil. He’s the man I summon when I want to write dark. But he’s conflicted. He’ll do good things, but for the wrong reason. When he’s given a chance for redemption, he doesn’t take it. He scares me and I don’t trust him, but that’s why I keep coming back to him. He challenges me and makes me do bad things—and like it. (Note to self: Give Alex his own book.)
There are more men in my head, but I’m still learning about them. Maybe someday they’ll have their own stories.
Writers: does your muse have a name? Is your muse the opposite sex or the same?