So you found a muse. Good for you.
She’ll help you string ideas together,
But one’s not enough. Sad, but true!
Writing’s not the only storm you’ll weather.
With the story, your muse is great,
But editing is a different beast.
Your muse won’t help; you’re filled with hate
‘Til a new muse makes this worry your least.
A poor cover won’t sell your book.
So next you must summon a design muse
To help achieve just the right look.
But you will still need yet another ruse.
Your story muse won’t craft your blurb;
This requires a muse of another kind.
So important to find the perfect verb.
Without this muse you’d be in a bad bind.
When you must design the book’s inside,
Not one of these muses will help. No fun!
Muse five joins the publishing ride.
Your book’s design’s now beautifully done.
Still nobody will read a word:
You lack the most important muse of all.
Marketing muse helps you get heard.
Without her help your sales would surely stall.
You’ve one more problem to solve yet.
It’s the toughest challenge that you will face:
All six muses play hard to get;
You can never find two in the same place.
Copyright © 2014 Chris McMullen
This is why the Greeks had nine muses, right?
Must be. I wonder if 9 was enough. 🙂
I’m guessing it doubled during the weekly visits from Dionysus.