How reading biographies can lead you to you your muse
Biographies are a great way to find inspiration from the life story of others. Take the time to read about someone’s life; their ups and downs, their past and how it shaped them, how they became who they are. Their stories might give you perspective into other people’s creative process and reflecting upon it might help you find the path to your own muse.
A life in perspective
Is there someone out there whom you admire and want to know more about?
Perhaps it is a well known actor such as Elizabeth Taylor. Maybe you are interested in famous director such as Stanley Kubrick or a painter such as Picasso. It could even be a famous scientist like Einstein, or a former president like Bill Clinton, or an historical figure like Napoleon.
All of these people mentioned above have biographies or autobiographies written about them and their lives. Just by going to the book store or library and picking one up, you can take a weekend to get to know them better. You can find out where they came from, how they got started on their life’s path, what obstacles stood in their way, how they overcame them, and what made them into the person they became. In a few dozen chapters, you can find all about someone you admire or find interesting and then draw upon it for inspiration in your own life.
A biography is great in this way. A good biography can sum up a character and shed light on what motivated them, what inspired them, what drove them to become a figure worthy enough to have a biography written about them. In terms of creative inspiration, this can be pure gold. By reading how the people you admire became a success, why they did what they did and were their ideas and motivation came from, you can apply them to your own life and see if they help you find your muse.
Next time you are seeking inspiration, go to the library or book store and pick up a memoir or biography about someone you truly admire. Take the time to ingest their life as it has been written and then reflect upon it. While it would be impossible for you to live your own life exactly like they did, you might take from their story the necessary tools that you need to find the creative fire within.