From The Writing Blues:
With too many balls in the air, one had to drop and I’m sorry to say that for the past few months, it’s been my writing ball. (Including writing here and I’m sorry for that.)
I’ve worried I won’t be able to get my writing back since it sometimes is so hard for me to get the images in my head into words in the first place and after this long a break, with only a few scribbles here and there…
So this was a timely reminder for me from Elizabeth Rose Stanton, a fun author/illustrator, on using doodling to break through blocks and come up with ideas. Seems like it’s another way to character map – start doodling and see what comes out about your character. Like how Elizabeth’s chicken ended up with arms…
The best part of the whole picture book making process, for me, is that moment when the idea comes—that SPARK happens—and there’s ignition!
It’s mystical, it’s mysterious, it’s magical, it’s COSMIC!
But how do we get to that point where this happens—where “channel D” opens and the idea pops?
For me, it’s just one of those things that can’t be forced. I’m guaranteed not to think up any ideas when I tell myself I have to come up with an idea.
So how do I get primed for the muses to start singing? If I knew a sure-fire secret formula, I would certainly share it with you. But I do know two powerful “tools” that seem to work for me: procrastination and doodling. . . and the beauty of it is, you don’t have to be an artist or illustrator to do either one!
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