I learned a while ago that being creative comes with practice.
It's like yoga - the more you do it, the easier it is.
Your body starts to snap into position without any effort . . . .
Creativity is like this, too.
Facing a blank page is daunting, so you just have to jump in and go for it.
I have found great help in on-line communities where I can share art, postcarding, mail art, artist trading cards, blogs, etc. Making little bits of art to send out into the universe is a great way to jump start your creative process, and the MUSE honors this sharing, I think.
To connect with lovely like-minded people all around the globe is so affirming.
Often, when you just don't know what to do, having a little assignment that you will share with others, sort of like school, is a really good thing.
I just found Swap-bot, and it seems a great community of artists who share work.
The muse is in other artists, and their energy is great to keep you going.
If the muse feels absent, maybe you haven't been honoring Her enough.
I know if I show up, and just push paper and ink around, She will be there. I am at my studio as many days as I can be, and I take the ritual of inviting the Muse seriously.
I think that is why She sticks around.
"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." --Maya Angelou