You’ve most likely heard it before:
- “I’m just waiting for inspiration.”
- “I’m looking for my muse.”
- “In time the lightbulb will go off.”
I’m here to tell you that when it comes to getting inspired, it’s more about hard work and less about some magical presence hitting your over the head with an idea stick.
In game development, you’re constantly problem-solving. You know what your game is going to look like and play like in your head, you just have to get it there. That’s why I drew the comic you see up above. Game development, like a lot of other creative outlets, is a lot like a fly trapped in a car.
The fly can see where it needs to go but can’t seem to get there for some unknown reason. The only way for the fly to reach its goal is to keep banging its head against the glass until it finds the opening at the top. Sure it ends up with a headache but in the end, it’s free.
That’s the creative problem-solving process. There is no other formula for solving your problems than to keep at it in the relentless pursuit of solving it. If you’re a writer, don’t put that pen down. You keep writing even if it’s complete nonsense. As a developer, you keep Googling your problem and keep asking questions to yourself and to those more experience around you. As a musician you don’t put that guitar down, you keep playing and trying new things.
The best part?
No doubt that in your relentless pursuit, you’ll find inspiration. Your work ethic will become your muse. The light bulb doesn’t turn on without you generating a little electricity.