Category Archives: Motivation

When and where do I get ideas? The answer is revealed!

Recently, I was asked “When and where do you find you get most of your inspiration and ideas for stories?”

That could have such a quick and simple answer like – teatime in the kitchen or shopping in Ikea – but it really isn’t as simple as that.

I mentioned before that I think ideas are living things, like viruses, they are looking to “get you” to make their idea come true. If you are not the right person, then they fly away to look for someone else – sometimes they even leave you feeling lost and empty – bereft – and sometimes jealous or angry when you see someone else have success with the same idea!

In this video I explain where and when I get ideas and what I do about them when they come knocking on the door!

Make Drawing and Sketching Easy with this Cool Drawing Tool

Drawing is a skill you can learn. You may need some talent to create Art, but drawing is a skill – and you already did a load of practice and learning about it when you were a kid!

Like learning the piano or a sport, you need to practice, but it can sometimes be hard to get started.

Make things easy on yourself by always having a sketchbook and pencil ready and make a window template like I show you how in this video. That way you only need to do mini-drawings – far less intimidating than having to fill the whole page!

Use the template for pattern practice, thumbnail sketches and story or idea plans. Click the image below to download the A6 Thumbnail Template

How to get really, really good at drawing – or anything else!

Edvard Munch – The Scream – How many times did he draw something to develop this final image?

I’ve been up to London a couple of times recently and saw the Munch and Manga exhibitions at the British Museum as well as their show of Rembrandt Drawing and etchings.

Something at the Munch exhibition made me think about the importance of practice and continual development and redevelopment of ideas, style and technique.

I thought I’d just talk it out to the camera in the hope of capturing some of what I was thinking. Maybe I need to do not everyday until I perfect the idea!