Another week, another road map to creativity (as described in Try 101: The Manifesto).
A programming note: my teaching life has revved back up, so I’m going to be giving myself a little more time to complete the prompts. This is a good opportunity to reiterate (and remind myself) that Try 101 isn’t a race, it’s not about crossing tasks off a to-do list. It’s a way of life — a lifeline to the maker within us (me, anyway). Keyword: invitation.
Here’s the next set of invitations; as always, you are invited to play along:
Prep + Mise en Place
(1) Write a list of 30 things you love right now. If you’re feeling generous, share your list in the comments section. I’d love to see what you love right now.
(2) For your journal or commonplace:
- Do a blind contour drawing of your hand.
- Sit for ten minutes looking out a window. Make a list of everything you see in that time.
(3) Here’s this week’s (nonfiction) prompt:
- Place Essay. Write a short essay about a place you know well but that you haven’t visited in a while. Put yourself in the essay. Try to reveal something essential about yourself in your depiction of this place. Include at least two of the following: food, music, topography, something built in another century, a person native to this place.
If You’re Bored or Stuck
- Eat a meal outdoors.
All of these prompts (and then some) are to be found in the Try 101 syllabus, an open-source plan for living your most creative life. I’m taking the next year to complete the syllabus and share the results. I’d love to have some company along the way!