“The unexamined life is not worth living” ~ Socrates
Why am I mentioning the above, and what does it have to do with art and creativity?
So, the point of this post? I ask you to examine yourself to realize what kind of things help spark your curiosity. (What kind of ideas or questions make you daydream or keep you up at night?) I put forward the idea that maybe you’re like me, and that you may need to expand your world a little in order to find inspiration. (What gives you the urge to try something new and poke about outside your comfort zone?) That you may need to take action towards the things you care about in order to gain confidence and get those creative juices flowing. (Are there issues or themes that you feel strongly about, and what unique action, small or big, will you do about them?) Perhaps like me, you’ll need to dig a little deeper, do some hard, or silly, things, ask some weird, or uncomfortable, questions, and when you find some answers, live them.
If memory serves me well, a Continuing Education class in fiction writing I attended waaaay back when has taught me that this is the question science fiction and fantasy writers love and use most. It is the question they ask themselves that helps spring forth new story scenarios which give birth to new characters. These characters bring with them their unusual histories and places full of otherworldly flora and fauna. Perhaps they come from alien environments, other dimensions, or parallel universes. All of these can spew forth from one tiny question, “What if?” Some of these "What Ifs" inspire stories so compelling that they move us to create our own yarns. Some "What Ifs" create tales so beloved that we carry their messages in our hearts and minds for years and which we may pass along to the next generations.
* BTW, if you think the idea of putting cephalopods in all an artist's artwork is kinda crazy, it is! But it has worked for one creative dude. See https://www.jonathan-crow.com/vice-presidents From what I understand, this guy is making pretty good cash from his “What If?”
Author: MTM Hobbes
Creating art and working on creative projects is my way making sense of life experiences and my environment. I believe that the practice of art helps a person become more of who they are meant to be.