A Fabulous Spiritually Based Book on Writing!!!!
Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write
by Mark David Gerson
When I was on Twitter.com one day, I connected with novelist and writing teacher Mark David Gerson. Having said our hellos online, I went to check out his books at Amazon.com. On the page for Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write, I clicked on “search inside this book,” and started reading. The more I read, the more it felt like the words on the screen were coming from my own heart. I was completely blown away. So, of course, I immediately ordered the book, along with the companion CD set of guided meditations for writers.
I’ve read dozens of books on writing, but none have moved me as deeply as The Voice of the Muse. Mark David’s words are not only eloquent, they have a meditative quality about them that takes me directly to the core of my own creative being. He picked the perfect subtitle, “answering the call to write,” because his book is the embodiment of that call. Every page invites me to open, and then compels me to write.
His approach is decidedly spiritual, yet it’s the spirituality of being totally present, open, courageous, alive, and consciously connected to your creative source. He often talks of surrendering: to your writing, to your Muse, to your deepest and most sacred Self. He says that “when you sit down at the black page or screen, you have three simple tasks: Trust. Let go. Leap.”
There are several guided meditations in this book, but simply opening to any page, and reading, can give you something to meditate about. This morning, as I was using The Voice of the Muse as an intuitive guide, I was led to an idea that I would like to spend some time with.
Mark David pointed out that there’s a difference between a good idea and the right idea. Being the Brainstorming Queen that I am, with an ability to mass produce ideas, I know that the line between the two often gets blurred. I view discernment as the key to making sure I start down the right path, rather than following a creative detour that will eventually lead me to a dead end after days, or even weeks of work. But Mark David got me thinking, what makes an idea the right idea? What do I need to know, or do, or feel to be able to accurately discern the right path? This is something that each of us needs to discover for ourselves.
- Of the many good ideas you have, how do you distinguish which of them is the right idea for you to work on at this time?
Unsure how to end this article, I opened up The Voice of the Muse to see where it would lead me. The page I landed upon was the title page for chapter 5. There, in large bold letters it said, “listen to your heart.” What a perfect message to receive, for the call to write both emanates from, and ends within, the heart. It is with our heart that we hear the voice of the muse calling us to write. And it is from the still and silent center within our heart that our “yes” joyously arises to answer the call.
So go to Amazon.com and check out Mark David Gerson's The Voice of the Muse. The book's detailed Table of Contents will both intrigue and inspire you:
- The Muse Stream
- Awakening your vision
- Birthing your book, even if you don't know what it's about
- Breathing light and life into your writing
- The heartful art of re-vision
- Your words are your teachers
- Surrender to the journey
- What is it you fear
- Leaps of faith
After reading the excerpt, it's fun to hit the "surprise me" button and see where it takes you. Enjoy.
Mark David's website is http://www.MarkDavidGerson.com