When walking somewhere, do you suddenly stop when you hit a roadblock?
…or do you take a turn and figure out another way to get to your destination?
The answer seems pretty obvious in this scenario, but when it’s something as personal as our children’s book, taking a turn is often a struggle.
“I feel stuck. Can I really do this?”
We’ve all been there. We try so hard to meet our own insanely perfect expectations that we fail to allow ourselves to experiment.
…but who’s to say that what’s in our head is the best possible version? Maybe the better version is the one we haven’t thought of yet!
When I feel stuck I start making bad drawings. It’s not like I make them bad on purpose, but I try my best to stop caring about the result for a while. If I’m not worried about how the drawing will look, I can focus on what the drawing is for.
How can you thoroughly explore a new scene when you’re expecting to make a gorgeous, flawless piece of art? If a square is enough to indicate where the fridge goes, then isn’t it easier to move a square around when exploring ideas?
Maybe turning right at that intersection will lead us to a dead end… But what if it leads us to a beautiful garden instead?
Embracing bad drawings can lead to happy accidents that will inform our work.
First, we need to figure out the path. Then we can come up with creative ways to travel it.
It’s almost never a straight line.