The Perks of Hacking Your Brain
(Or How I learned to doodle more and doodle smarter)
I’m often asked questions about my process, how I come up with ideas for stories, where do I find the time to write or draw or both, etc. So when I was asked by Net10 Wireless to participate in a project for college students about college life hacks, I thought this would be as good a time as any to get into the process of being able to create nearly anywhere.
There is no special magic that helps me be inspired, think up ideas or carve out time to create in an already crowded day. There is however, an alternative to this magical thinking…
It began in college. There were too many assignments to do and papers to write and books to read…so much so that when I was asked to write or draw something original for an assignment, I couldn’t respond with anything but nonsense doodles. Though it was immensely frustrating, as I continued to doodle something changed internally. No longer were doodles the last refuge of creativity, but the starting point. I would draw or jot down ideas on any paper product - and some non-paper products - that were within hand’s reach, and in doing so, found myself laying the ground work for a flood of ideas. Ironically, what I had been scolded for as a child was starting to help me both focus and process information from lectures and conversations with greater ease.
I’m not sure exactly when It happened, but at some point I started carrying around a small notebook. It was in that notebook that I started to jot down the fragments of those ideas and work them into the start of a drawing or a story. Very quickly, I started using the notebook every day to the point where it became the tool I used most to create, to problem solve, and to draw for fun. Today, I keep the pocket-size notebook with me at - nearly - all times. When I’m waiting in line, or riding on the train or underneath a time consuming project I always keep a notebook present.
Inspiration doesn’t just show up one day. It needs a place to grow. What began with a doodle found a place to grow in those notebooks. And really, that’s the only magic one needs to create…a place for ideas to come to life.
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h20world123 asked: I love your work! How did you learn how to draw like that?
Thanks for the kind words! How did I learn to draw like this? I spent lots and lots and lots of time drawing. Along with that, I study what others have done that are far more skilled than myself and in turn, try to push my own voice into new and challenging territory. It’s really quite fun.
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