When writers mourn that their muse seems to have moved out during the night leaving no forwarding address, it always breaks my heart. Not because the muse ditched them. But because they believe that their talent, hard work and dedication alone can't cut it. That is, not without the magical help of some unpredictable, fickle and unknowable "outside" force. I say it's high time we unmask the myth of the muse, and give credit where credit is due. And I have the honor of saying so on one of the best writing websites in the world: Writer Unboxed. Check it out!