Last year Paul showed me an article in the local suburban paper. It was an interview with Emma Rogan talking about the 100 days project – a small creative exercise, once a day for 100 days.
I started the 100 Days Project here in New Zealand in 2011.
I was looking for a kind of ‘side’ project to undertake, that would allow me to develop skills useful for the work I do, but something that wouldn’t take up too much time, or involve time away from work.
The format of a 100 days project is fantastic, it’s demanding and a real test of resolve – yet it is such a great way to hone your creative skills and give your brain a good workout.
I was fascinated by the idea and when I watched Emma’s TedX Auckland video I was hooked. I wanted to give it a try.
I like projects. I’m curious. I like pushing boundaries. What could be better than 100 days of creativity?
I really wanted to give baking a go. I wanted to make 100 different small pies. But for 100 consecutive days? The planning! The grocery bill! All those dishes! Plus I’d turn into an even rounder version of me! I might be crazy, but I also know this isn’t even close to achievable. After lots of dithering and pontificating I decided.
For the next 100 days I will write and post a short story (about 100 words) incorporating a randomly selected word from Afterliff: A new dictionary of things there should be words for.*
I haven’t written fiction before so I’ll definitely be giving my brain a good workout. Tomorrow I begin with the word:
Alarming or unconventional pets such as ferrets or anacondas.
Come back tomorrow to see what weird and wonderful concoction I come up with.
*A liff is a familiar object or experience that English has no word for. Afterliff corrects this disgraceful oversight by recycling the names found on signposts.