Why does my Muse only speak when she is unhappy?
She does not. I only listen when I am unhappy
When I am happy I live and despise writing
For my Muse this cannot but be dispiriting.
—Stevie Smith, from “My Muse” in The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer’s Block, and the Creative Brain by Alice W. Flaherty (Houghton Mifflin, 2004)