one hundred things

Creativity is relative.  I am convincing myself of this each and every day to take into account the low levels of creativity currently failing to course through my veins. When editing comes down to cutting a phrase and pasting it at the beginning of the sentence I know I’m in trouble.

So I decided to try a trick I found on the internet.  I do love the internet.  Don’t let anyone tell you that surfing is a waste of time (well not the internet variety anyway, I’ve never tried the wet stuff but it looks fun if rather hard to remain upright). You can probably go from bread and butter pudding to vulcanised rubber via ice hockey and the Large Hadron Collider in less than 10 clicks.   In fact that could be item number 101 on the list below.

I challenged myself to come up with 100 ways to become more creative.  Here is my list.  It won’t be yours, but that’s only because you haven’t written yours yet.  You MUST write it in one sitting; don’t worry about repetition and if you want to know more have a look here

  1. Morning pages
  2. Read
  3. Meditate
  4. Listen to other people
  5. Get out of my comfort zone
  6. Go to an exhibition
  7. Go for a walk
  8. Try to do something I am convinced I can’t do
  9. Use the house on the right bank
  10. Pray
  11.  Take advice from people in my mind
  12.  Use the right brain
  13.  Try to draw
  14.  Keep a dream diary
  15.  Go on artist’s dates
  16.  Play flute/sax/piano
  17.  Sing
  18.  Sight read something totally new
  19. Listen to music I haven’t listened to before
  20.  Read a totally new author
  21.  Read autobiographies
  22. Go on a mystery trip.
  23. Do something repetitive over and over
  24.  Do something backwards
  25.  Sew make something see it grow
  26. Read poetry
  27. Write poetry
  28. Write for half and hour without stopping.
  29. Write 300 word flash fiction
  30.  Write haiku
  31. Write 6 word story
  32. Write a story about what’s just out of view in a picture.
  33. Describe my childhood bedroom
  34. Write my autobiography
  35. Write my imagined autobiography
  36. Scrapbook
  37. Imagine a world where one fundamental thing is different – describe living in that world.
  38.  Do a mind map of my mind
  39.  Do a mind map of my life
  40.  Doodle in my Discovery Journal
  41.  Make a visual treasure map
  42. Imagine Jack was human – what would he want to do, to be, where would he want to go?
  43. Doze, manage the dreams as I doze.
  44. Turn a dream into a story.
  45. Write Romilly’s Indo China story.
  46. Watch the old films I watched with Daddy.
  47. Go and see a film I really don’t want to see
  48.  Go to a charity shop, buy something for under £2.  Write its story
  49.  Rearrange a room completely
  50.  Wash the windows and let in the light
  51.  Declutter
  52.  Take a book off the shelf turn to page 46 – continue the story from the second paragraph.
  53. Go to an art gallery and mark the paintings out of ten.  WHY do I like some and not others.
  54. Wear clothes I’ve never worn together before.
  55. Sleep upside down
  56. Sleep on the wrong side of the bed
  57.  Have a go at drawing on the right side of the brain
  58.  Learn poetry by heart
  59.  Learn a psalm
  60.  Spend a whole day saying yes to everything.
  61. Spend a whole say without ever using the word can’t
  62. Do a couple of pages in my sketchynotebookything
  63. Continue the 100 uses for a used matchstick list.
  64. List all my favourite songs
  65. Reduce the list above to only 50
  66. Make my desert island list
  67. Have my desert island conversation with Kirsty Young
  68.  What if I had been born a boy?
  69. What if I had been born 10 years earlier?
  70. What if I had been born 10 years later?
  71. Plan the most exciting journey I can imagine, right down to the tickets and accommodation and travel etc.
  72.  Finish the house on the right bank
  73. Redecorate the Mill – money no object.
  74. If I had one million pounds – allocate every single pound.
  75. Escape for a day totally alone with just books and pencils.
  76.  Build a shed or bolt hole.  My wooden caravan.
  77. Tackle a really difficult world issue – how would I solve it?
  78.  Spend time in the house on the right bank  – really use it and explore it.
  79.   If I were Poppy what would I do?
  80.  Tell Julia’s story
  81. Tell Helen’s story – when does she realise this is her chance?
  82. Get a lump of clay and see what it turns into.
  83.  Go and sit in front of Orphelia – where did it take me as a child, where does it take me now?
  84. Learn how to make shadow figures.
  85.  Explore somewhere from top to bottom, learn everything about it. Who lived there, when why?  Make it up if nobody knows.
  86. What if there really was a Faraway Tree?
  87. Plan a journey by train around the world (man in seat 61)
  88. Invent a new animal.
  89. Tell the story from the Pensillia’s point of view.
  90.  Visit a small town I’ve never been to before.  Explore.
  91. Go out to the shops and try on clothes I would never dream of wearing.
  92. Pick a one day course on something esoteric and mind stretching.
  93.  Change something in my life/house/work/anything every day for at least a month.
  94. Climb a tree
  95. Keep a visual diary – do it without words.
  96. Draw what I hear.
  97.  Colour my calendar
  98.  Build a library of future histories
  99. Revisit Heath Robinson
  100. Explore colours?  Which are my favourites? Do they change? Why?

5 responses to “one hundred things

  1. I suspect writing a six word story will prove harder than it sounds and sleeping upside down would not be on my list. This is inventive and thought provoking and entirely typical of the person behind your writing.
    I’m a big fan of this blog and this post will be one I shall return to, both physically and in my mind, many times. Can’t imagine doing number 61. Oops!

    • Thank you Jake (may I call you that? Perhaps you could have 100 names 🙂 ) I have done the six word story once (actually 5 words see flash fiction above) It’s the only thing I have ever written that went viral. Maybe I should release my novel in bite size pieces!

  2. I love these. Interestingly enough your first idea, “morning pages,” was mentioned at the conference I just attended. Just write whatever comes to mind and put it away without any editing or rereading was their suggestion.

    Here’s to creativity. As to bite size pieces . . . It worked for Dickens!

    • I can’t function properly without the morning pages. I do miss them on some days but I can tell when I do. They are the single most useful tip I have ever picked up from my ramblings around. The Artist’s Date (another Julia Cameron tool) is much harder to fit in – perhaps these are one hundred artist’s dates!

  3. Morning pages ?
    I’ll google it…. oh I see. nah! not me at all …

    100 is an uncomfortably long list!


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