I had a couple people in my class ask me to give them some tips on starting out as a new artist, I am new myself but something that has helped me SO MUCH in just a little amount of time is WARM UPS! Seriously, I am able to draw not only up poses quickly but I noticed more accuracy and my lines are less stiff and boring. It’s super easy too and really doesn’t take long so I thought I’d share to you guys as well some really good starting off exercises I have been doing in the past 3 months.
Tips by Naomi
Originally Posted on: Confessions of an Opinionated Book Geek
Writer’s Block is one of the most difficult parts of being a writer. You finally stop procrastinating, you open your document and…nothing. You just don’t have ideas or the ideas is just on the tip of your tongue. You can feel it, but it’s just not coming out. Here are some tips that help me when I have hit a wall.
1.Read what you have written so far.
Have you already taken a break, had a breather and walked away from the project? Come back to it and read what you have so far. Even if it’s a sentence or an outline. Just read it. You’ll start to edit this, think about that and suddenly ideas will start flooding in. Instead of this happening on page 10, maybe it should be page 20, and so it will lead in to your catalyst, etc. Just reading what you have written down should help get you in the flow of things.
2. Just Write.
I don’t care if it sucks or if it’s stupid or if you hate it. Just put pen to paper, or hand to keyboard. Just start getting the creative flow going. Write anything. Write a monologue, write a conversation between two characters, write your main character’s diary entry, etc. Just write.
Maybe you’re stuck, because there is something you can’t figure out. Or something that doesn’t sit well with you. Start reading about your subject. Are you writing about a dystopian future? Do research on what would happen if there is a WWIII. Research chemical warfare or about a town that has been ravaged by a tsunami. Read about things that are directly connected to your subject and indirectly connected. Interview people who have lived through events similar to the ones that happen in your book. Read a medical journal that covers the disease that your main character has. Get new realities and that will hopefully lead to new ideas.
4. Read a blog or watch an interview with your favorite author.
Listen, lets face it I wish I was Ilona Andrews, Jane Austen or Julia Quinn. Just last week I read Ilona Andrews’ blog and she is struggling with her latest Kate Daniels book. It’s shocking. You’d think after a bunch of your books have been published, you’d be a well oiled machine. Nope, even your favorite writer’s hit a wall. That’s why reading a blog post or watching an interview about them can help.
Books by my favorite authors make me feel amazing and just thinking about their work makes me want to create my own. And it is my dream to make someone feel the way they make me feel. They inspire me to write more and maybe your fave author will inspire you to write more.