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Scribbling

I had to be reminded to write this post (Eh-hem, thanks Jo!). First time EVER! Then I couldn’t think what to write. My mind was blank. Nothing. Empty.
The only solution was to try something. An experiment. All the ‘How To…’ books say you should do this. Just pick up a pen and scribble. It doesn’t matter if it’s rubbish.
I’d just bought loads of these…

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…so I opened my sketchbook and began to scribble. I scribbled lines and shapes and loops and knots and then…

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…a picture appeared. Then another.

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Pictures of girls hearting books emerged out of the scribbles…

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Girls reading in trees and home-made teepees and boats drifting out to sea. In less than an hour I had scribbled three drawings and given myself several ideas for stories.
Why don’t you give it a try. It works with writing too. Pick up a pen and just scribble. You never know what might emerge.

 

19 thoughts on “Scribbling

  1. I love your “scribbles” Cathy! May I print them out and display them in my school library? I will obviously credit them to you!

      • Hi Cathy, I have printed and displayed! Your “scribblings” (aka wonderful pieces of art) inspired me to run a “Where will you read competition. I have asked the students to take photos of themselves reading in unusual places with a prize for the most original. So many many thanks for this.

  2. Absolutely green with envy at your scribbles, Cathy – ahhhh! Libraries should employ you to do exhibitions of people reading!! Fabulous – and on a practical note, yes, I find that sometimes just sitting and writing whatever comes into my head (even if it’s rubbish) can produce an idea or two that I wouldn’t have got by simply sitting and thinking.

    • Now, there’s an idea. My dream job is actually ‘artist in residence’ so if anyone out there wants one for their library, school or office, I’m quite inexpensive to keep. You could pay me with tea and sandwiches and I’ll sit quietly in a corner. πŸ™‚

  3. So right! Or perhaps I should say “so WRITE” — because the writing exercises that require us to just pick up a pencil (or peck on a keyboard), writing down anything and everything that comes into our heads are some of the most effective exercises ever used. They release our creativity the way no other activity can, and, in a significant number of cases, lead us into some of our most excellent stories. One of the best novels I’ve ever written was birthed in just such an exercise.

  4. those are scribbles? man i wish i could draw like that – they look like actual book illustrations.
    I doodle a lot, end up with pages full of bare trees – big branches snaking across the page. with the occasional birds nest thrown in. But they are never that good. I’m just astounded.

    • Girls reading in trees and home-made teepees and boats drifting out to sea. In less than an hour I had scribbled three drawings and given myself several ideas for stories.
      Why don’t you give it a try. It works with writing too. Pick up a pen and just scribble. You never know what might emerge.

  5. I have shared the same creation with my frn and he shared it to his fb and I felt glad he did this and I gave him another exp of this creation which suits my frn personality as he loves studying

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