A few months ago, I started a “Flora & Fauna” project as part of the development of the world I am writing about in my novel – a world called Tricerychon – and found myself embarking upon a creative odyssey; the goal was to come up with creatures unlike anything that’s been seen, drawn, painted or animated. Taking a seemingly impossible task like this and putting it down on paper is tricky at best, as most everything appears to have been done.
Midway through my hashing out ideas, I suddenly had an epiphany: why was I trying so hard? The best ideas come when you’re not “thinking” the art, but when you are feeling it. I applied my attention to detail and ability to extrapolate from the known world around me, and simply let my imagination go wild.
I realized that I could create my own rules for this world, and for the creatures that inhabit it. In this fashion, I no longer feel too encumbered by my previous notions as they pertained to Tricerychon, and can move confidently forward.