There will come a time during your career where you wonder if it’s all worth it. It’s a low period, and we all get it, generally because we’re struggling and striving without seeming to get anywhere. It’s going to happen.
There are a couple of things to do, but the best thing would be to back away from the chalupa. (Mmm. Chalupas…)
Take some time away. Get some rest. For most of us, comics aren’t our first priority. It’s something we do in our free time. We have lots of other things we do, such as working our real job (you know, the one that pays all the bills), spending time with family (because being a spouse and/or parent is much more important), and getting sleep (because our bodies need the recharge).
But what happens is that, in the pursuit of our dreams, we generally have to sacrifice something. And what gets sacrificed most often is sleep.
Sacrificing sleep over a length of time will cloud your judgment, heighten your emotional state, and start to make life more challenging all around for you. Sleep, it seems, is the “easiest” thing to do without, even though it can be the most detrimental thing to skip.
Take a rest. That’s the best thing for you to do. When the light at the end of the tunnel starts to get dim, when things start to look bleak, when you start to wonder to yourself just why you’re doing this…step back. Step away. Take a break.
Like many things in life, comics is a marathon, not a sprint. You can start very fast and hard out the blocks, but you’re going to burn out. It takes time to craft a good book, and then it takes even more time to shepherd it to the shelves. You won’t get there in a month.
Take a break. It’s going to be here when you get back. Promise.