I read an article a few months ago, about the creative process of Joss Whedon, who is the brilliant mind behind such cult classics as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dollhouse, and my personal favourite, Firefly. The article is very interesting, but one quote in particular really stuck with me. Whedon said:
“Fill the tanks, fill the tanks, fill the tanks. Constantly watching things, and things you don’t normally watch. Step outside your viewing zone, your reading zone. It’s all fodder, but if you only take from one thing, then it’ll show.”
This statement resonates with me for two reasons:
First, Whedon, one of the most prolific creatives in television today, understands the importance of looking for inspiring ideas by consuming the creative endeavours of others. I find this to be so truthful. When I read something by a brilliant author, (like the Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathon Stroud), or watch a superb television show, (like Orphan Black, which you should start watching immediately), it makes me feel inspired, and creative, and full of energy. So the idea that writers, and artists, and musicians should consciously make time to consume the creative works of others is one that I find very powerful.
Second, Whedon highlights the importance of consuming creative works outside of the genres you usually enjoy. As an avid reader of both sci-fi and fantasy, this was initially an uncomfortable idea for me to explore. I very rarely read anything outside of those two genres. Reading about Whedon’s own experience, finding inspiration for Firefly from an historical fiction, outside of the genres he usually enjoyed, was an interesting anecdote. And it convinced me to give it a try!
So, this summer, I will be consuming as much creative content as I can get my hands on! I will be reading, watching television and movies, going to plays, and operas, teaching myself how to draw (we’ll see how that goes!), My goal for the summer is to refill my creative tanks. I’ve already found some cool new resources for my these endeavours. I’ve started using Wattpad, and have discovered several new authors already! So friends, I’m off to fill my creative tanks! I hope you all have a wonderful summer!
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Tell me, how do you refill your creative tanks? Do you have any recommendations for things to read, or watch?
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