Different ways of invoking the Muse
* The poet Friedrich von Schiller used to keep rotten apples under the lid of his desk, open it, inhale deeply, and compose.
* Balzac drank fifty cups of coffee in a day.
* Colette first picked fleas from her cat, then wrote.
* Voltaire used his lover's naked back as a writing desk.
* Alexandre Dumas, the elder, wrote his nonfiction on rose-coloured paper, his fiction on blue and his poetry on yellow.