Doing the work is the hard part.
It isn’t the idea. It isn’t getting the “correct” tools. It isn’t anything you decide to put in your own way. The hard part is sitting in the chair and doing the work. Everything else is procrastination.
You have to want to do the work, because no one else is going to do it for you. The sooner you realize this, the happier you’ll be, because you can then make decisions: do you or don’t you want to do this work?
It’s been said many times before, for a myriad of things, but I’ll say it here: comics is not a race. You have to keep plodding along, doing a little bit every day in order to grow in strength, because you’re not going to wake up one morning and have an e-mail from a publisher wanting to work with you. It doesn’t work that way. You have to put in the work first.
The motivation to do the work has to come from inside you. You can do all kinds of tips and tricks in order to help you get the work done on a consistent basis, and that consistency will form a habit for you to create, but no one can exert outside pressure on you to make you want to sit down and create. It has to come from within.
It’s like everything else in life: you have to want it, and no one is going to just give it to you. By doing the work, you’re carving out a space for yourself for others to see, and when you do that, it becomes challenging to be ignored.
You have to take it one step at a time, though. And it all starts with doing the hard part:
You have to do the work.