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Let the creativity flow

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, April 24, 2020
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Creativity can be an elusive quality and to many, one they can never achieve. However, it is something everyone has, and in this article I’ll go through three ways you can maximise your creative juices.

Make it fun
As kids, we spend a lot of time playing, be with toys, crayons or with each other. When we grow older we often forget that playfulness when it comes to creating stories. Coming up with new lands, characters and stories is, in essence, playtime. If you’re struggling with your inner critic, take a moment to imagine stuffing them in a box and taping it up. You’re now free to explore your creative mind with childness abandon.

Release that self pressure valve
A lack of creativity may be a result of putting too much pressure on yourself. Take a beat and relax. You’re creating a webcomic not doing heart surgery. The time you spend worrying could be put to creating something fun, so try not to take it too seriously.

Create what is true to you
Trends change, what looks good is subjective and gimmicks come and go. What draws people into a story is, in part, what the author has to say. Worried about writing a superhero comic in an oversaturated market? Do it anyway! Concerned that people don’t think sci-fi is interesting? Do it anyway! What matters is the story you want to tell from your perspective. You will find your audience, even if it’s only a couple of people regardless of trends.

Remember, creativity is about letting loose and exploring ideas in a new way. So let your mind go!

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hushicho at 4:18PM, April 25, 2020

Agreed, one hundred percent! I like this approach to creativity, and it mentions so many things that are often neglected, even by longtime creators, which can lead to burnout and unhappy endings to stories. It definitely should keep all of these things in mind!

roma at 9:47AM, April 25, 2020

I know that the themes in my story lost popularity years ago but I still want to tell/draw it because I just love the genre so much. There are moment when I loose motivation but that's usually due to lack of time,my slow pace of drawing and worry that no one is reading my story. But I keep going because the story wont leave me alone.

Avart at 4:14PM, April 24, 2020

As @Banes said, I often forget the fun part and that, I think, get me blocked. Although my story isn't the most original, I have something to tell and that keeps me motivated.

Banes at 7:49AM, April 24, 2020

I sometimes forget the having fun part. Have to consciously do it sometimes. The other side, organizing and editing and planning - that's important too. The two sides gotta each have their turn. The part about watching trends stuff - it might play a role for some if they're trying to sell something. Worth thinking about for some creators in certain situations and goals - but even then I agree that that shouldn't stop us from writing what we want. Great post.

bravo1102 at 7:47AM, April 24, 2020

Well there goes my motivation.

sphinx8k at 5:26AM, April 24, 2020

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KAM at 3:07AM, April 24, 2020

I love the story Mickey Spillane told about creativity. He'd earned enough money that he decided to take some time off and write a story without worrying if it was salable. Something like a month or more had passed and he'd had no ideas. Then the bank called and told him the money was getting low and suddenly ideas were coming to him all over the place.


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