“Thousands” of writing and drawing ideas

Have you had that feeling of nothing to write or draw? You really try to twist and turn your brain and force some ideas to pop up, but there is nothing there. Here is my little go-to solution;

If you don’t know the topic at all;

  • Go for a walk or take a look around you where you are right now. Use your eyes, what do you see of things around you, how is it made? What is it used for? Does it exist several types of it? Can you use it to something else? Does it make something (e.g. a knife cutting a tomato), if so, what? Ok, let’s say we are thinking about a knife cutting a tomato, tomatoes can be used for several dishes, maybe you could write about different tomato soups, for instance, variations of tomatoes, tomato plants? That again can lead to soil, growing, fertilizers, weather, greenhouses, animals eating tomatoes, people working at a farm… Knives again can lead you to think about the beginning of a story, types of knives, all the things you can do with knives can lead you further to other things… and suddenly one of those things is exactly what you needed to come up with the right topic, or at least hopefully…

If you know the topic;

  • Make a list of absolutely everything you can come up with having a connection to that topic. Write down “stupid” ideas too, they can lead you to something else. Then you can choose a few of them and see if there’s another lead to something you can draw or write about.

I always keep the lists so that I can reuse them later. It is truly a thousand of topics out there.

 

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Be a more confident doodler

First of all and something you hear over and over again; Practise, practise, practise. You won`t be better without it. Why not start a doodle a day challenge, or a time period of 100 days, and post it on social media. I know it`s an old tip but it still works.

Talking about bad doodles, you can use them for something good. Keep them along with good ones, now you can monitor your progress. Remember, it`s not an exam, you can always draw another one.  Sometimes you can`t make a good doodle no matter how much you try, it`s like life itself, some days are good, some days challenging.

Have someone else judge your work – it is easier to judge your own work harsher than others.  Find someone who doesn`t criticize you in a bad way – that`s a killer on your creativity – but rather give constructive feedback.  Feedback can help you improve.

There is no right answer

Stop thinking, just do.  It takes practice to stop the ongoing stream of thoughts. Yoga or meditation could help. You could also try doodling blindfolded to force you to feel rather than see, judging and thinking. When you open your eyes and see what you drew, if you`re not satisfied, maybe you can make something else out of it.

Creativity is – at least to me – something that changes day by day. Some days I got hundreds of ideas they all want to get out at once, other days none. When creativity is low, maybe doodle while listening to music could help you. Some listen to people talking on the radio or a meeting. Listening to a story is another idea or look around the room for patterns.  Remember your doodle doesn`t have to look like anything it could be an abstract one

There is no right answer. Unless you for some reason have to doodle something specific, there are no rules telling what a doodle should look like.  Don`t compare yourself to others too often. Remember to keep your own style and not copy someone else. Find the style that works for you, what you are good at. It might take some testing, googling and brainstorming.

A list that might help; Reasons to doodle even if your “not as skilled” as everyone else

 

-Bird

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Your drawing/doodle is perfect!

Reasons to draw/doodle even if your “not as skilled” as everyone else. Don`t think you can’t draw, just do it.

  • Just for the fun of it
  • It`s relaxing
  • It`s good for your mental health
  • You are getting better at drawing/doodling
  • If you love it and it doesn`t hurt anyone, why not?
  • Don`t let other peoples fantastic art let you down, everybody got their own style
  • Look at my crooked lines ;D
  • (With a hint of humor) bad drawings/doodles stand out more, “no one” posts them
  • Try a different technique or style, it might help.  (My technique of doodling first and then see what it is helped me having fun again.  It`s always a surprise to me what I`m doodling)
  • It can bring a smile to your or another person`s face
  • You will always have something to do when it`s quiet
  • Your creativity will grow
  • Remember to fly

 

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Fly free

-Bird