So, a weird thing happened in Greece.
It was our last morning in Kalymnos, and I was sat on the balcony of our hotel room, listening to thunder rumbling around the place and dodging intermittent rain storms.
Most remarkable. Probably not if you’re a Kalymnian, but definitely if you’re a visitor who’s only ever experienced perfect hot sunshine and the odd windy day.
It was pretty dramatic watching a storm on a small island; something I’d never done before.
Speaking of things I’ve never done before, I’m not sure if I’ve told you or not: I’m learning how to draw cartoons. I’m doing a cartooning course! And it’s great.
Part of the course is posting up our scribblings and sketches publicly. Not just for our fellow cartooners to see, but also for all our family and friends. Even the imperfect practise sketches. Because getting used to feedback and criticism and generally not giving a fuck what other people think is important.
So, behold my progress so far: I’ve got an album on Facebook, it’s set to public, and you’re more than welcome to have a look.
You might be wondering why I’m spending my time on something like this when I’m so busy anyway. That’s a fair question, and it’s one Joe asked me when I told him about the course.
I’m doing it for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, simply because I want to. I’d love to be able to cartoon and draw and sketch, and it’s not inborn talent, whatever anybody might claim. Almost anybody can become good at almost anything (barring actual physical handicaps).
Secondly, because I want to be able to illustrate my own blog posts, articles, and emails. How many copywriters – or business owners – do you know who do that? Hardly any, I’d wager. It’s another way for me to set myself apart from everybody else in my industry.
I’ve got some really good ideas about creating comic strips to illustrate marketing ideas and lessons, and to do that, I need to learn how to draw. So that’s what I’m doing.
What sets you apart from your peers? Do you know? Can you articulate it?
Let me help. You can Borrow My Brain for half an hour over Skype and ask me to help with anything you need. 🙂
Vicky Fraser is a copywriter, author, and entrepreneur. She really did run away with the circus… but when she’s not swinging from a trapeze, she’s showing other copywriters and small business owners how to work with better clients, make more money, and stop missing bathtimes, first words, and dinners with angry partners. In fact, she wrote the book on it. Get your copy here.
PS I reckon it’s really important to learn to do new stuff. It keeps your mind agile, and you never know when it might come in useful. What interesting skill do you have? Hit the comments and tell me 🙂