I’m doing the A to Z Challenge in April using the theme “What to Pack on Your Creative Journey.” Today, let’s put some lists in our metaphorical suitcase.
Lists are how I parse and manage the world. ~Adam Savage, Wired, October 10, 2012
Even before your journey begins with a first step, it will probably require one or more lists to make sure that you’re well-supplied and heading in the right direction.
Many projects will benefit from a to-do list and a shopping list, but there are plenty of other ways that lists generate ideas and energy for creative projects.
Here’s a list (!) of lists to consider making as you set out on your creative journey:
- Pros and cons
- Skills I have
- Skills I want to develop
- Potential obstacles to plan around
- Advantages to taking this creative journey (especially helpful when you get bogged down in details)
- Past accomplishments (especially helpful when confidence lags)
- Current emotions (especially helpful when it’s complicated)
- Resources to consult – people, books, websites
- What’s working, what isn’t, and what’s next
At first, the challenge to come up with 100 things seems daunting, but it usually comes together more quickly than expected. A hundred potential ways to get what I want provides a sense of abundance to my endeavor.
Here are some 100 lists that I’ve made in the last few years:
- 100 ideas to go into a presentation
- 100 ways to recruit and work with a cohort
- 100 scenes for a novel
- 10 characters, with 10 traits each, for a novel
- 104 ideas for this A to Z blogging project (four ideas for each letter)
How has list-making contributed to your creative journeys?