We don't need to ask Minerva, the Roman goddess of poetry and wisdom to guide us every time we need inspiration. We all find our muse in different places. For me, I usually find it in nature. Today it was different though. My students asked me if they could be characters in my next short story. I told them that as a writer I expect myself to turn anything or anyone into my muse. If they are reading this blog, they'll find out that they did inspire me. I might use some of their traits and personalities for my next hero/heroine. In the meantime, I tell my fellow writers to read a lot. Anything. Just read! If you're suffering from writer's block, go for a walk. Join a writers' group. I did! Go to a cultural event, a museum, a poetry reading, even a concert. And finally, come out of your shell, do something outside the norm, you'll be amazed at how quickly the ideas come flowing in.