Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The wonders of chalk!

Activity of the Week: hang found objects from tree branches (ha...should be interesting)!

This will be my final week for awhile of trying to Spice Up My Writing. It's been fun, and I think everyone should try it. If you want ideas of ways to get creative with your writing, here's the link to the original list of 100 ideas to try.

For this past week my task was to write in a journal in a different medium (such as paint, charcoal, old typewriter, crayons, etc). I normally don't keep a journal, but I do write down lots of ideas throughout the day. Some of them are writing related and some of them are not. So I attempted to take some time and write down ideas using chalk this week.

The results weren't pretty (enough so that I won't share), but the idea itself proved useful in tricking my brain into being creative. Somehow using a different medium--even just chalk--makes your brain start to think differently. It breaks it out of its normal, everyday cycle and gets it to think of new and exciting things. Probably works much like when you print out a paper to edit you catch many mistakes you don't recognize on the computer.

But who knew something as little as what you write with could make you much more creative?

I think I'm going to start doing this at least once a month, to keep pushing my creativity. This month it's chalk, maybe next month it will be calligraphy...or maybe chocolate! Who wouldn't be able to get creative writing with chocolate :)

--Emily, Miss Querylicious


Kate Fall said...

Buy yourself one of those boxes of 64 crayons or smelly markers you used to lust after as a kid!

amuse me said...

We recently filled a driveway (at my daughter's house) with sayings that got more and more creative with each one!

DeenaML said...

Kate -- Oh yes! The smelly markers!
Amuse -- what a cool idea!