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Keeping to a schedule

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Jan. 29, 2021

Maintaining an update schedule is beneficial to your readers and to yourself. Sticking to an update schedule encourages readers to come back. It becomes part of their routine and is often something they look forward to that day. They’ll remain invested in both you and your comic. That is always a good thing to nurture.

Knowing your deadlines helps you prioritise the time you need to work on your comic. Establishing a healthy routine improves your work-life balance and prevents stress and burnout. Pick a schedule that you can fit in around your life and plan around that for maximum results.

Having a clear update schedule allows you to pace the story/emotional beats of your comic. You can plan a cliffhanger or consider updating a series of action pages in quick succession to maintain the energy of the scene. Consider if you want your readers to mull over a plot point or character developments. By planning a certain number of days between updates you affect the pacing of your story so use it to your advantage.

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hushicho at 3:14PM, Jan. 29, 2021

This is great advice! It's not too hard, either, to make sure you update regularly on the same day. It's also a great idea to have enough of a buffer before you start -- a number of finished comics, so that you'll always be ahead if you maintain your workflow, and so that if something happens, you won't fall far behind.

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