Ready for another tip?
Put down the pencil/brush/stylus. Step away from the computer. It will all be there when you get back.
What do I want you to do?
I want you to go read some comics.
In the mad dash of creating the things, with all the market watching and seeing which creators are doing what and with what publisher, it can be very easy to lose sight of why we do this. We can lose the enjoyment.
I’m not saying take a vacation. This isn’t about taking a break from making comics in order to regain your mental health and equilibrium. This is about remembering the joy of reading comics.
I’ve stepped away from self-published comics for a short bit. Call it a stroll around the park. I’ve picked up some comics just because the cover or the title happened to strike my fancy. In doing that, I’ve picked up some good comics. Comics that make me happy, that speak to that child inside. And it isn’t just Marvel Comics this time around, either.
Because I’m reading these comics for pleasure, I do my best to turn off the editor-brain and just follow the story. It becomes just pure joy because I’m not trying to break the components down to see who did what and why, and then try to see where things were foreshadowed or try to second-guess the writer. It becomes something that is fun.
And this is why we create comics in the first place. Because we want to entertain. But getting caught up in the rigmarole of creating comics can blind us to why we’re doing it in the first place. Taking the break and just reading comics for pleasure can reacquaint us with that feeling, recharge our creative battery, and get us back to creating with a purpose.
Go read some comics. Enjoy them. Then get back to work, remembering that feeling.