10 Ways to Amuse Your Muse*



Back by popular demand, here’s a list to help inspire the playful side of your creativity:

  1. Write something silly, like a haiku about your boss’s tie or the dialogue your dog would have with the cat if he could talk.
  2. Make something silly—knit an envelope or create a collage out of pictures of toes.
  3. Watch this video of a typing monkey.
  4. Freewrite about something silly. Use this prompt: When he appears in my life, the closet monster always takes something from me, but I have to admit, he never…
  5. Make a snack that reflects your mood. Like smiley-face pancakes. Or a Ready-to-Erupt volcano Sundae.
  6. Write a list of silly things you would never do. Then do one of them.
  7. Pick the most outlandish thing on your list of silly things you would never do. Write about doing it.
  8. Create a story about a nonsensical image you remember from a dream.
  9. Write a journal entry about your day in a Dr. Seuss-like rhythm. Or tell it as a fairy tale.
  10. Create a character who’s the opposite of you. Then see what this character does when you write about him/her.
  11. Write a story about the two starfish in the picture above.

* plus a bonus Muse-amuser!

Copyright © Sandy Ackers, Strangling My Muse: Struggling to Live a Creative Life in a Stressful World, http://www.stranglingmymuse.com

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5 Responses to “10 Ways to Amuse Your Muse*”


  1. 1 Ishana October 8, 2010 at 10:49 am

    LOVE this! The starfish are adorable, too. Thanks for the post!

  2. 2 Thaumaturgist October 8, 2010 at 11:00 am

    5 and 9 sound sooo tempting.
    Great post by the way!

  3. 3 Misha October 8, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Great suggestions!

    I’m so going to give some a try.

    🙂

  4. 4 stranglingmymuse October 8, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Ishana, Thaumaturgist and Misha,

    Glad you all found some things you liked on this list — now go have some fun with them! And thanks for letting me know. It always makes my day when people stop by and comment here!

    Ishana, you have the distinction of leaving the 1,000th comment on this blog!

    ~Sandy


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