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.
No doubt, every writing instructor has their favorite books to recommend. My own bookshelf of writing related books sags from the weight of books I love. Every one of them holds a significant message for the writer and her craft, but few capture a set of basics as well as Margaret Lucke’s basic how-to for creating compelling stories. Whether you’re new to writing, or a seasoned pro, whether you write novels, short stories, flash fiction or memoir, this one book packs the best of the basics in a slim volume of 160 pages.
HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
1. Writing A Short Story–Getting Started
2. Characters–How to Create People Who Live and Breathe On the Page
3. Conflict–How to Devise A Story That Readers Won’t Want to Put Down
4. Plot and Structure–How To Shape Your Story and Keep It Moving Forward
5. Setting and Atmosphere–How To Bring Readers Into A Vivid Story World
6. Narrative Voice–How To Develop Your Individual Voice As a Writer
Includes: extensive reading list, quick guide to submitting manuscripts for publication, how to format your manuscript