There are generally two kinds of webcomic artists. Those that update irregularly and those that operate like clockwork. Maintaining an update schedule has many benefits both for you and your readers. Here are some of the positive reasons for putting in place a realistic update schedule.
Readers like reliability
Having an update schedule you stick to makes it easier for readers who want to follow your story. Reading your comic becomes part of their routine and is often one of the things they look forward to looking at on that day. They’re more likely to be invested as they know another update is coming. They’ll remain loyal to both you and the comic and that is always a good thing to nurture.
Update schedules can help you plan
An update deadline can help you plan the necessary time you need to create your comic, particularly if you have work and extra curriculars. Make sure that you’re able to maintain a healthy routine when it comes to your comic work. If you’re busy throughout the week, consider doing the artwork on the weekend and scheduling it for a weekday release. Or, if you like doing more art at once, or only have a day or so a fortnight to do it, consider releasing every second weekend. Whatever it is, pick a schedule that you can fit in around your life and plan around that for maximum results.
Update schedules can help you pace your work
If you want your readers to mull over a plot point or character developments, planning a certain number of days between updates can help with that. Plan a cliffhanger around a week’s break to make your readers wait, or consider updating a series of action pages in quick succession to maintain the pace. Updating can affect the pacing of your story so keep that aspect in mind, and, if you can, use it your advantage.
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