In her book The Creative Habit, Twyla Tharp asks her readers to write their “creative autobiography” by filling out a questionnaire in one of the book’s exercises. I thought I’d fill it out and share my answers with you guys in a series of seven posts. Do yourself a favor – ask yourself these questions and replace my answers with yours.
1. What is the first creative moment you remember?
When I was a kid, I can remember taking a piece of 8-1/2 by 11 printer paper and filling it with a scene. I would then erase half the drawing, and redraw it as though some time had passed. For instance, I remember one particular drawing I did of a large boat. In the water next to the boat, I drew a shark’s fin. I then erased my drawing, and redrew the boat sinking in the water as the shark ate the people falling off the boat.
In retrospect, it was a pretty violent image. But it was the first time I started telling stories with my drawings.
2. Was anyone there to witness or appreciate it?
Nope. Just me. I’ve always been my primary audience.
3. What is the best idea you’ve ever had?
Honestly, I think Insert Image is the best idea I’ve ever had.
4. What made it a great idea?
I think what makes it a great idea is that there’s nothing like this comic in the Christian sub-culture. I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but I guess I kinda am. I really feel like I’ve found my niche.
5. What’s the dumbest idea?
Probably the first version of You’ll Have That. Originally, YHT was going to be about me and my fictional friends. Sorta like how Seinfeld was about a fictitious version of Jerry Seinfeld. I submitted that comic to newspaper syndicates, and it was soundly rejected.
6. What made it stupid?
I was trying too hard to be hip and funny. I wasn’t focusing on being me.
7. Can you connect the dots that led you to this idea?
Sure. I love drawing comics and Seinfeld is the greatest TV show ever. Why not try to marry the two? Well, I know why not now, but at the time I thought it’d work out well.
How would you answer these questions?