Your comics are moving along at a good pace despite school and work obligations, you’ve got your social media under control and hell, even life is good right now. Balance. Calm. Tranquility. But there is one thing you can’t help but toy with. You’re looking at your comics with a brain flat-lining harder than corpse and thinking, “But I want to work on this other story I just came up with!”
When you come up with an idea you want to explore, it’s hard to remain motivated to stay consistent with your other comics and projects. The new idea consumes your mind and that is all you can think about. It is our boon and curse as creatives. There is always a greener, more sexier patch of grass over that fence.
So. What to do?
Well there’s really two options if you want to get down to it. Do it, or don’t do it.
LET’S DO ALL THE IDEAS!
Ok before we go play with the new shiny things, let take a moment of pause. It is very easy to get carried away with the new idea and that rush that comes with every neuron firing in your brain can be intoxicatingly distracting. Before you release anything, take the time to do some ground work. Write out everything to do with the idea, hell, even do some preliminary sketches. At least get it all out of your head.
Sleep on it
Put the idea down and go do something else. This will give you a fresh pair of eyes when you come back to your idea and you can see then if it is a good one or a fanfiction fever dream. These two steps will let you know if it is worth sharing your new toy.
Working it in
If you want to take on a new project the first thing you have got to look at is how much time and energy do you currently have? If this idea is definitely, 100% the ONE idea then something will have to give way to it.
Take some time to look at your life and see if you can indeed fit it in. This might mean restructuring extra curricular activities, work, social outings ect. and you need to be sure that it is worth potentially cutting back. If not, then it might not be the best time to start a new project.
If you’re running one, two, 20 extra comics, time is going to have to be taken away from them. Look at your production schedule and release times. Is there a way to be more productive so new content goes out or do your current projects need more time?
Life is forever a balancing act. And if you want to add more weight to the baskets you’re carrying it might be a case of placing some of it by the roadside or having to wait to get to that new patch of green.
How do you manage a new project? Are there any tips you can pass along? Tell us in the comment section below!
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Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Nov. 16, 2018
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