Inspiration Wherever You Are: 100 Days of Creativity

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:

mastrils pl.n.
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.


  1. Loved this post and can’t wait to read your stories. Just quietly, I’m kinda liking the idea of 100 pies 🙂

  2. Cath Sheard says:

    Sally I’m looking forward to your 100 days of ficton – what a cool project.

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