What Could You Do With a Rope?

Rope Bridge

The other day, I saw some kids playing, “Cat’s Cradle”. When they got done, one of the girls  used the string to tie up her hair, which made me wonder: what else could you do with it?

For this divergent thinking exercise, spend a few minutes writing down everything you can think of that you can do with a rope. You can make it any color or any length or thickness you want, so that shouldn’t limit you. You can even make it different colors if you think that of things you could do with it if it a nice color.

Set an alarm for three minutes and spend that time writing down all of the things you can think of that you can use a rope for. Don’t limit yourself to the obvious, but push yourself to come up with fresher ideas. Work through any mind blocks you come up against.

When the alarm goes off, set another for a minute, and use that time to just sit and think or work briefly on something else. Then, set the alarm for a final minute and use the time to write down any new ideas you have.

What are some of your favorite ideas? What are some of your most creative ideas?

Use this exercise as a jumping off point for your writing today. Hopefully, it will turn up the notch on your creativity.



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  1. Hi Robin,
    I need to do this today.
    The first thought that came to my mind (and blurred all other thoughts) was what my unsub does in THE MUGGLER with ropey twine. Don’t think I’ll share it here though. Ha!

  2. Robin says:


    It’s probably best that you not sure what he does with it… but you should try and see what you can come up with. It’s fun!

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