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At the start of Astrophel and Stella by Sir Philip Sidney, a love-struck poet is dealing with writer’s block. He wants so desperately to compose something his love, Stella, will like. He turns to studies, thinking that maybe he can find some other poet’s phrases to emulate. The love-struck poet is at his breaking point when a wise phrase is uttered:
“Fool,” said my Muse to me, “look in thy heart and write.”
As a person who dabbles in writing, these words of the poet’s Muse are more than just a whispered inspiration: they’re a big ‘ol slap in the face! She’s saying “You fool, stop taking yourself so seriously and just write something!”
So to my Muse: I got the message, and I’m trying.