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Animation Writing and Development by Jean Ann Wright

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Chapter 3

Finding Ideas

Where Do Ideas Come From?

Ideas can come from anywhere, so be open to all possibilities. Keep a notebook with you to jot down the best ones. Often when you’re working on a project, good ideas come to you at night. You might want to keep a notebook, pencil, and flashlight by your bed. I’ve found that when I’m blocked, if I can put my work away for a day or two, the idea that I’m looking for will surface on its own. Your subconscious keeps working away at the problem until it comes up with an answer.

Think about your own experiences because this is what you know. What stands out in your life? How do you feel about the people in your life? Would any of them make good animation characters? What makes you angry? What makes ...

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