Group creativity experiment: Intro

UPDATE: “End of the week” means Wednesday evening, April 7.

On the Ides of March, Mind on Fire blogger John Remy (@johnremy) orchestrated a project wherein artistic types were given a prompt to create something based on the prompt (in this case a randomly drawn Tarot card). It could be anything.

I couldn’t participate, as it was short notice and I didn’t have time, but I’ve been building the playlists for my books and it got me thinking about how much I depend on music to inspire my writing, keep me enthusiastic, pump me with adrenaline, and pretty much feed my subconscious what it needs to do my job for me.

So now I’m totally ripping him off and putting a different spin on it: music. I’ll post one track every week for the next three or four weeks (as long as people are interested), and see what you come up with. With John’s permission, I’m going to copy and paste his rules:

1) Each week, starting Thursday, April 1 (April Fool’s Day!), I will post a track that played a significant role in my books.

2) Use the track as a spark for some kind of creative activity. It can be a sketch, a paragraph from your novel, a tweet, a photo, an interpretive dance, a poem, a political blog post, a video. The activity can even change from week to week. The only requirements are that:

a) you leave some element of the project undetermined until you hear the track, and

b) the final creation has to be done by the end of the week, and

c) it has to be linkable.

3) I will then post links to everything everyone created by the time I post the next track the next week.

4) The Twitter hashtag will be #mojogce if you care to keep track that way.

I have a cross-section of readers from the Mormon lit crowd, genre romance, and independent authors of all variables. I’m curious what that intersection can produce and anyone can play, even if you don’t think you’re creative (and you would be wrong anyway).

I’ll be drawing from these playlists: The Proviso, Stay, and Magdalene.

Have fun!


  • Evangeline

    March 29, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Sounds cool–though I’m rather apprehensive about the music bits *g*

  • G

    March 29, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    awesome :)

  • Danielle Yockman

    March 29, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    While you are tempting fate with the interpretive dance element…I will play! FYI…if there is an anonymous masked dancer posted on You Tube…it is not me!

  • Artistikem

    March 29, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    I really like the idea. Music drives my writing also, so it would be really cool to see what comes up. :)

  • Babette James

    March 29, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Sounds like fun. The right music is so important to me in my own writing.

  • Guy LeCharles Gonzalez

    March 29, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Well, this could be interesting. I’ve been looking for something to do with my personal blog now that DBW has stolen all of my publishing content. I’m in!

  • barbara (kitten)

    March 29, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    I think I’m in…my life is so chaotic that I can’t guarantee anything (Hey, Mojo, I’m now the proud owner of a 9 year old). Thanks.

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    March 29, 2010 at 5:02 pm

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  • Peach

    March 29, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I’m in, sounds like fun! I am much the same, the music is a biggie and having the wrong stuff on can really trip me up.

  • Kinsey

    March 29, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    I want to play but probably can’t till after the 11th, when I get back from London. I’ll have web access while over there but hopefully will be too exhausted every night to worry about it.

    I’m walking the city of London, baby….

  • Th.

    March 30, 2010 at 2:14 am


    I like it but it may be tricky as I may not be able to access the music at work.

  • Elaine

    April 1, 2010 at 11:00 am

    I want to play. John’s experiment upped by creativity in other areas of my life, so this can only help as well.


  • Elaine

    April 1, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    However: Please define “end of the week”.

  • MoJo

    April 1, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Hi, Elaine! Thanks for playing. :) The more the merrier.

    End of the week would be Wednesday. I’ll fix the post. Thanks!

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