Do you doodle?
Are you a simpleton? A fool? Perhaps you swindle or ridicule? Or maybe you’re a corrupt politician?
Creative genius and visual entrepreneur Sunni Brown shares what it means to doodle in this 6 minute video. What does doodling have to do with writing?
Watch the video, then continue reading below.
What does doodling have to do with writing? As creative artists, writers need to practice “thinking” via various modalities. If a picture is worth 1000 words, then perhaps it’s a visual representation that’s the gateway to the words.
Some ways doodling may lead to heightened creativity:
- Map out characters in a setting as a way to develop a scene. That will lead you to choreographing character movements as well as setting details.
- Use doodles to get inside your protagonist’s head; what would he/she draw? and why? That will lead you to their motivations
- Create a set of doodle icons as you edit your work; for instance, a swirly “G” might mean “check grammar.” A stick man “I” might mean indent or insert more content.
- Choose doodling over dawdling. When you’re stuck for what’s next, just doodle. As Brown points out, making spontaneous marks helps us think. Doodling could be the answer to what’s right around the corner for your next sentence, paragraph or scene.
For more information on creative doodling, check out Sunni Brown’s book, Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers. And watch for the upcoming release of The Doodle Revolution in 2012.