1. Blue hydrangeas
3.Â Vintage holycards
4. “Cheers” reruns
5.Â Lazy weekend mornings
6.Â When my boys laugh in tandem
7. Bookstore browsing
8. BBC miniseries where people live in huge estates with names like “Henleigh Hall”
9. Otsego Lake
10. “A Little Respect” by Erasure
Three years ago, I read Julia Cameron’s book The Right to Write.Â It had a fabulous exercise: Number a sheet of paper from 1 to 100 and write down 100 things that you love.
At first, it seemed daunting.Â Then, as I went along, it was amazing how one idea led to another.Â And most of all: it was FUN.
I still make lists from time to time.Â It works well for those days when I want to write but just feel … well … sort of blah on the creativity front.Â It’s freeing because all I have to do is write down ideas; there’s no pressure to make those ideas sound good.Â And, of course, I know that somewhere below the surface, this enormously fun exercise is planting the seeds of future articles,Â blog postings … even books.
Try it.Â I think you’ll like it.