Q:What is your biggest regret when you were young? Something you wish you could of taken back.
I know this sounds like a cop out and/or bullshit. But I genuinely don’t have any regrets these days.
I did a lot of things I probably “shouldn’t” have done when I was younger. But if I changed anything, even something tiny, I wouldn’t be the person I am now.
That’s too weird for me to get my head round. I’d rather leave the past as it is and learn from it for the future.
Q:What's your favorite poem?
I don’t think I’ve read enough poetry to pick out a favourite which isn’t on the “Poems Creative People Who Don’t Really Know About Poetry Will Say Are Their Favourites” list. Because I’ve only really read those poets that people like me always read. I did like a lot of those poems though.
There are a couple of poets I’ve found through the internet who I really like too. A friend of a friend called Sarah Jean Alexander is great. Every time she posts something new I know I’m going to like it.
I also got a little booklet free with a newspaper years ago that was awesome. I’ve forgotten the guy’s name, but I still have the booklet somewhere. I’ll try and find it out.
Q:when you first started how much time did you spend on your work? i've been meaning to draw at least one thing every day but it's hard to stay motivated
When I first started posting drawings here I was unemployed, so it was much easier to spend a long time on drawings if I wanted to. It varied quite a lot, but I made a commitment to get one idea down on paper a day and spent as long as it took to make that work.
It’s really hard to stay motivated, I haven’t been posting daily drawings here for a while now. I do keep meaning to get back to it, but I’ve been working every day on other things. I read about a great productivity technique that Jerry Seinfeld recommended to a young comedian which really helps with motivation…
He told me to get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall. The next step was to get a big red magic marker.
He said for each day that I do my task of writing, I get to put a big red X over that day. “After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain.”
"Don’t break the chain," he said again for emphasis.
He doesn’t say anything about how long you have to spend creating in a day, or how good it has to be. Just keep that chain going and things will start slotting into place.
If you search for something like “Jerry Seinfeld productivity” you’ll find a bunch of articles and posts about that technique.
Also, I should probably promote myself and say that I have an activity book that deals with this subject called The Art of Getting Started.
You can read more about that at leecrutchley.co.uk/books
Q:What was the happiest day of your life?
I hope I can never answer this question. Being able to recall the single happiest day of my life sounds terrifying. But I’m glad I could list thousands of happy moments.