Writers are givers - we hope to influence, uplift, encourage, entertain, beautify. Yet we must also learn to receive.
We assume we know what the words we use mean, but often words have fuller, deeper meanings than we suspect. I wished to understand more about receiving, so I looked up the word receive in my trusty, thick, vintage Webster's Encyclopedia of Dictionaries.
The scientific meaning of receive is "a vessel in which spirits are distilled to essence." Fantastic, right?
As writers we are receiving the spirit, distilling it to essence, and passing it on. When our readers receive our words, they are doing much the same. It is beautiful to contemplate.
So, is the spirit the muse? Is nature the muse? Where does inspiration (meaning, literally, breath) come from?