I’m gonna be honest with you guys here today. I’ve been a bit frustrated lately, and it has to do with my own creative process. This a struggle that I think many of us here can relate to. We have this story, or even a number of stories, that we can’t wait to see unfold to their fullest. And we may have readers who want it too. But because of various factors involved the process of getting there is—slow. Very slow.
If you’re someone like me who have seven webcomics you try to keep running, it can become very frustrating, because I know I really have no one to blame but myself. I the creator set the standards, the methods, the length, the priorities etc. I could speed up the process by avoiding drawing the pages in the amount of depth and detail that I do. But I don’t. Because I want to draw all that depth and detail.
I could perhaps speed it up again by trying more effective more automative tools. But I don’t. I draw everything by hand on a digital pad the same way I would draw on an analogue piece of paper because that’s the way I like to do it, and I don’t want to stop doing that. I could again speed up the process by cutting the scripts, make the story more simple, short and sweet. But I don’t. Because I want to tell these stories the way I feel they are meant to be told, in full, in all of their complexity.
I could prioritize one comic over the others at a time so that at least one comic has a regular updating pace. But, once again, I don’t. Because I want to see all of my comics advance and not be laid on ice for who knows how long. This means that I very likely won’t produce more then one page per week for each of my seven comics. That’s like an update for each comic every other month I believe. Yeah, it hurts. But that’s where I’m at, at least for now. So I’ve been having this struggle inside my head.
Part of me thinks:
“What if I could make three updates a week? That would hit the spot, wouldn’t it?”
But then another part of me responds:
“Yeah, but that would surely lead to burnout. Plus you’re always gonna have other things going on in your life and it just isn’t realistic to think that you’re gonna have the time to consistently fill that kind of quota.”
So! My conclusion is - as the saying goes - you made your bed, now you have to sleep in it. And so I’m trying to come to terms with it all. I’m obsessed with my webcomic creation and I guess that is the problem. It would have been easier to accept things as they are if I wasn’t so obsessed with it. If I could learn over time to be a little bit more detached from it and allow other things to come to my attention, it wouldn’t be a problem anymore.
Anyway, this has been me just sort of venting my mind. I wouldn’t mind hearing what your thoughts are on what you’ve just read here. Feel free to let me know in the comments below and have a good Sunday.
Andreas_Helixfinger at 12:00AM, Sept. 24, 2023
©2011 WOWIO, Inc. All Rights Reserved Mastodon