One Quick Question To Spark Your Creativity

2014 Artwork One Question Spark Creativity Sketch

Well, instead of complaining about being uninspired again, I thought that I’d offer you a quick technique today that can sometimes work when writer’s block or artist’s block strikes.

This technique doesn’t work all of the time, but it worked for me one time last month and it led to my article about splatterpunk fiction. Plus, I’ve also used this technique on one or two other occasions too and, when it works, it works.

So, what is it?

Well, all you have to do is ask yourself one simple question:

If I had to make something that would pretty much write or draw itself, what would it be?

This may not sound like a particularly useful question at first glance, but the main benefit of it is that it changes your attitude to creating things for at least a few seconds.

Let’s be honest, when you’ve got writer’s block or artist’s block, creating anything can feel like an arduous task, a chore or a burden. Although you “want” to write something, draw something or paint something, it doesn’t really feel like something that you want to do.

But, when you ask yourself this one question, it reminds you – for a little while at least- that creativity should not only be easy, it should be fun too. Not only that, it also makes you think about what kinds of things you are best at creating. In other words, it reminds you why you decided to become a writer and/or an artist in the first place.

As I said, this technique isn’t perfect – especially if the kinds of things that, for you, that practically write or draw themselves are things that you wouldn’t really want to show anyone (eg: cathartic poetry, erotic fiction, “Mary Sue” fan fiction, outspoken political cartoons, nude art, disturbing horror art etc…).

But, if this happens to you, then one thing that can sometimes work is to find ways of incorporating parts of the things that are really easy for you to create into something that you wouldn’t mind showing to anyone else.

For example, I absolutely love writing gruesome horror stories (hell, one of my early teenage ambitions – after starting a metal band- was to be the next Shaun Hutson). But, for a variety of silly reasons, I haven’t written one in at least four years.

And, whilst I’d be kind of worried how people would react if I suddenly started posting splatterpunk stories on here, I was still able to make something out of it by writing a blog article about splatterpunk fiction.

Yes, I wasn’t writing the kind of fiction that practically wrote itself, but I was writing something vaguely related to it and this gave me the impetus to write one of the best articles I’d written that entire month.

So, even if you don’t feel that you can write or draw the things that come easily to you, then you can still aim for something close.

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Anyway, I hope that this was useful 🙂

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