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      CommentAuthorTed
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2008 edited
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    I have a question to ask the creative types on the boards, should they be reading this. I'd put it in Discussions, but it dovetails into a blog post, so I figure I'll post it here and take my chances on getting answers.

    How do you keep yourself going? What strategies do you use to keep yourselves going, creatively, even on off days?

    I ask, of course, because I need some.

    I mentioned in my last post that I was scared; it's always been the problem with creating something, and it's why I have no finished creations: a finished product is a product that can be judged, and I am unnecessarily paranoid about my work being judged. More so than I am of being judged as a person, I think.

    So, whilst I really want this webcomic I'm working on to work, I find myself prevaricating, procrastinating, and generally fucking around doing things of no merit, when I could be producing.

    It's not the writing, now; that's done. Running it past other people as it got developed removed my ability to send it into endless edits as I tried to slow it down. Now, it's the pictures.

    I have 5 pages of art done; this means I need to get 10 pages per month produced for the next 3 months to see the prologue completed before I go off to America and am without digital drawing tools.

    Obviously then, I need to be doing better than the 5 pages in 3 weeks that I've managed so far...but I need help to do it, as my own diseased brain seems not to want me to finish something. I need you guys to tell me how you do it, so I can figure out how I can do it too.
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    How do you keep yourself going? What strategies do you use to keep yourselves going, creatively, even on off days?

    On off days? I take a break, eat pizza and other fatty, delicious foods, watch movies. After the break, get back to work. Yes, it's horrid. Scream at your drawings if you must, but ....yeah. just keep cranking away.

    I know at a certain point in a project I won't share anything with anyone; its very private, creation.
    After the break, it's important to get back to work, and not to turn it into the never-ending-break.
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      CommentAuthorYskaya
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2008
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    So, whilst I really want this webcomic I'm working on to work, I find myself prevaricating, procrastinating, and generally fucking around doing things of no merit, when I could be producing.

    This is what works for me:
    I can only draw 1800 perfect lines a day. Since having discovered this personal rule, every line put on paper goes towards the project i'm working on. No doodeling, writing or other untill i finish my quota. (2 pages per day.)

    How do you keep yourself going?

    Breaks are only to be had after drawing for 90 minutes straight. and those reprieves (30 minute) are filled with mindless and boring tasks i.e. vacuuming, finances.

    Doing those things makes me forget about 'the fear of the finished work' and want to get back to the drawing board, doing what I truly want to do. I just need a reminder as to what a 9-5 job could've been.... *shudders* the horror...
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    Yskaya Breaks are only to be had after drawing for 90 minutes straight
    -sounds like a good rule. I try to give myself one 10 minute break every 45 minutes, if stippling; it helps to look at other things far away, etc, to reduce eyestrain.
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      CommentAuthortedcroland
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2008
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    When I have really bad writers block, I sit and play Minesweeper until three in the morning before whatever I have to do is due. Then I write until it's finished.

    If it's for school, I usually still get an A. It's actually kind of confusing.
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      CommentAuthorYskaya
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2008
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    @Tedcroland Yeah, but you're one of those autistic geniuses. ;-P The rest of us need sleep and regular whippings to keep on top.

    Rootfireember After the break, it's important to get back to work, and not to turn it into the never-ending-break.

    if I do ten minutes, they inevitably turn into one of those.... :-/