Sometimes when I'm just not so keen on whittling, I'll start to sketch and draw some things that I could carve. I have always thought that there was a link between drawing and carving. Although I am not so sure anymore. I am sure that you can improve what your finished whittling or carving looks like by practicing both sketching and whittling/carving. I have learned that as I sketch I think of my pencil as a knife. In doing this, I am attempting to be sure that what I draw I can actually whittle or carve. I am also reasonably sure that sketching
and drawing can motivate me to get back to my knife and whittle.