Goddesses in Ancient Greek mythology served as the original muses, divine beings who inspired pursuers of literature, science, and the arts, but even today, we hope for the assistance of muses when we sit down to write.

Merriam-Webster defines a muse as a source of inspiration, especially, a guiding genius, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Just ask my client Debi Duggar.

As Debi, a middle school teacher from Winter Haven, Florida, writes stories of her travels across forty-nine of the United States on her motorcycle, Bessie, in her evolving book, Most Likely to Wear Leather, she is never alone. Her calico cat Gemma is always right by her side and stays on top of Debi’s project, literally. She says she often has to pick up Gemma and move her so she can refer to her notes or atlas.

Blondie, Gemma’s sister, also has a personal stake in this writing project, but Debi says she’s too fat to jump up on the desk, so she hangs out on the skull rug on the floor next to her chair.

A good writing session is its own reward, but sometimes, muses want a bit more. Gemma knows where Debi keeps the treats and would love to reward herself if she could just manage to open the package. For that, she patiently waits for Debi to finish.

Muses Gemma and Blondie must be doing a great job because Debi’s stories are amazing tales of adventure and wonder, backroads and beauty. Part memoir, part travelogue, part psychological salvation, her book is about one woman’s spiritual quest, her motorcycle, and their journey together along life’s road. This is a book you’ll want to read as soon as it’s released.

Do you have a writing muse? Who or what is your writing muse? How does your muse help you write your stories? Tell us about it.

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