100 Ways to Fire Up Your Muse

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I just discovered writer/illustrator/guerrilla artist Keri Smith‘s list of 100 Ideas to spark your creativity. These prompts include writing, drawing and other types of inspirational stimulants.

Find the list here, then print it and cut along the dotted lines, creating 100 squares of inspiration. Use them in any way that works for you. Pick a random square every day/week and follow its instructions. Or choose one that appeals to you and do it every day for a week. Journal about your creative experiments. Or join a friend/a group and do them together. However you use these, make sure you’re having fun!

7 Responses to “100 Ways to Fire Up Your Muse”

  1. 1 Heather October 20, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Two posts in my feed caught my eye this morning. I’m looking for some inspiration. Yours has 100 and this post offers one. http://zenhabits.net/2009/10/the-breath-of-god-inspiration-method/
    With 101 new ways to get creative and inspired I know I will.
    I plan to put each idea in a jar/vase/something on my desk and pull one out if I need some inspiration.

    Thanks Sandy.

    • 2 stranglingmymuse October 21, 2009 at 1:21 pm

      Great idea, Heather! And thanks for the link — I read the zen habits blog occasionally, but hadn’t seen this post.

  2. 3 my year without October 22, 2009 at 7:44 am

    Wow….Very interesting/inspiring blog! I love what you are doing!

  3. 5 Gabriella October 23, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Sandy, I’m interested to know if you have read Julia Cameron’s “Artist’s Way” books. Your playfulness seems similar to hers! One thing I haven’t been able to implement properly is her idea of an artist’s date…going to one stimulating cultural/fun/artistic event by yourself once a week. I think it’s a cool idea, though.

  4. 6 Gabriella October 23, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    ps. And as I look at Keri Smith’s list, it’s funny how strongly I am resisting doing any of it!

    • 7 stranglingmymuse October 23, 2009 at 5:48 pm

      I did The Artist’s Way long ago — it’s funny, all these years later I remember it as being serious, because it was hard work to complete the program! I remember general play as being okay for artist’s dates. I went to toy stores for one or two of those self-dates, and bought things like silly stickers that appealed to me. My journals from that period are covered with stickers of monkeys and palm trees and all sorts of things!


      p.s. If you’re resistant, you know that means you’re probably supposed to do it, right?! Why don’t you try just doing one?

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