I nearly posted this yesterday, then decided not to because I found the words rather dull and boring.
Then I thought, what’s wrong with the dull and boring? Dull and boring happen too . Isn’t the purpose of writing practice to shake out the dull bits and fluff so the pearls can shine through?
Well, I didn’t actually turn things into a poem right then and there – but the basic sentiment was the same. Sketching is about getting your ideas out. They build up; they stack on top of each other. Maybe that great poem or near-perfect line of prose or nifty drawing or your very next novel even is just waiting to be uncovered from beneath the thinnest layer of mediocre. Who can say? Neither you nor I, I’ll bet.
Anyhow, here is the page I chose to publish after deciding not to. Tomorrow is, after all, another page again – we can’t know what might be waiting until we decide to give it a flip.
What’s with these pages, the reader might be wondering. I am wondering that myself. I fill up notebooks a lot lately, and what I find afterward as I walk through them “in order” (front of book to back of book) is a picture of things purposefully done out of order, because I tend to skip around a lot subject-wise, and I also often open the book to a random blank page when I’ve got something to say to my future self. I believe that’s what sketchbooks are for- to be sketchy.
I’m not exactly expecting the content to be interesting to anybody else, though I might expect to find my own notes at least somewhat interesting. I am hoping to process what I’ve been doing with the creative energy – to add to the initial inspiration with some additional thoughts. I could probably post sketch pages daily for months at this point, even if I never created anything new. They are piling up. I need a new sketchbook!
Today’s page is some notes to self about a mobile storytelling app I’d love one of my clones to build, once I invent a cloning machine. The app walks the user through the creation of a fictional character, and invites them to combine these characters with characters created by others into a troupe of heroes. Their objectives – their goals and challenges and dreams – are projections of the players’ own. It is one more project on a stack of projects that I would like to someday put into the world, in case they might be of use to others.
A project like this is also a great way to practice software architecture and design. It’s another type of sketching altogether. I love sketchbooks.