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When someone mentions creativity, my mind immediately jumps to doodling. Why? Because itâs something Iâve done from when I was a kidâand it continues to light me up and make me smile. Whyâs this the case? There are 3 broad reasons:
To start with, doodling is relaxing! Therapeutic. Cathartic. Because of this and because Iâm doing something physical with my hands, my mind starts processing and connecting thingsâthoughts, ideas, problems, moments. Itâs similar to going for a walk, or being in the showerâitâs where plenty of aha! moments happen. I often have a notebook beside me when Iâm doodling for this exact reason. But doodling, unlike walking or showering, is also a creative act. Not only does my unconscious mind whir into action, but my conscious mind is active too. Iâm often trying out an idea, experimenting with a new marker or crayon, or getting a character out of my mind and on to paper. Doodling engages my conscious and unconscious mind.
Doodles, if they were real people with feelings, are entirely comfortable with who they are. They donât put pressure on themselves to be perfect. Theyâre okay with mistakes, not making sense, not being finished, and theyâre even okay with being thrown away. They can be simple or complex and donât mind how much time you spend on them. Doodling is flexible.
Finally, doodling unblocks my creative pipes, and inspires me to create more. I often have a boatload of ideas to try after a few minutes of doodlingâitâs my equivalent of a creativity drug. Doodling is a gateway creativity drug.
If you struggle to doodle, and wanna give it a try, download the Random Word Doodle app. (http://ttkb.me/rwd-app) It gives you things to doodle.
Do you doodle? Tell me about it!
â¤ï¸ Big loves from Amsterdam â Rich from TapTapKaboom (https://taptapkaboom.com)
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