At awesome con I saw three Deadpools and I was too afraid to ask for their picture and this AMAZING captain America and I really hate how shy I am. Like wtf it’s part of displaying is taking photos what’s wrong with me????
Also there was some amazing captain America art and I wanted it but felt like a fraud because I’ve never read the comics I just loved the movies. I miss out on all sorts of good merchant because I don’t feel like I’m a legitimate fan of shit and it’s really irritating
So at Awesome Con I went to a few panels about how the comics business works and all the speakers were all, “If you follow your dreams and work hard enough you’ll make it.” I feel like this is the dominant advice out there and I think it’s crap. I heard Morgan Sperlock talk about risking everything for your dream on Nerdist and advised people to do the same. I think this advice is really bad because life is unfair and we don’t live in a land of rainbows and unicorns and sometimes people who work really hard or people that work really hard AND are super talented don’t make it. You just never hear about them because they don’t, y’know, make it. Anyway I wish people would say that sometimes because it’s so rarely said.
I’m gonna kick your ass a little bit here.
Are you writing because you want to be a writer, or do you have a story to tell? Nothing wrong with writing for the sake of writing. It’s excellent practice. But it’s not always gonna be the best motivator for getting results.
I reeeeeeally want to be able to do the splits. I’ll work at it for a while, and then forget about it, because I realize I want to do the splits only if I don’t have to work at it. Really wanting to do the splits isn’t enough. I don’t have follow-through in that area. It doesn’t hold my interest long enough to accomplish it. There’s other things in my life I’d rather be doing.
But when it comes to my comics and writing, that’s what I actually want to do. I have so many stories to tell. I have something I want to say. I am willing to work at it, even when it isn’t fun. Because it’s often not fun. There are long parts of this job that are super boring. It gets done because I don’t stop. If something isn’t working, I find a different way to do it. There’s always another way to go at a story.
So first ask yourself why you’re writing this book. If it’s for the sake of being able to say you wrote a book, then just keep typing words until you have collected a lot of them and then write “the end.” But if you’re writing the book because you have something to say, then say it. Sit down and say the thing you wanted to say. It’s hard, but again, it’s work.
If you can’t write past this one annoying point, readers are even less likely to get past that point. If you’ve written yourself into a corner, back up. Keep hitting delete until you’re at a point where a character making a different choice leads to something more interesting that you actually want to write again. You might have to abandon some of the plans you had for its future. It happens.
Your path is never fixed when it comes to writing a book, because you can literally rewrite its history. Be patient. You’re not famous yet and there’s no editors hounding you with a deadline or fans demanding the next book in the series. You haven’t published anything yet so there’s no worrying about having to retcon something. Just write your story and don’t tell yourself these hurdles can’t be overcome. Don’t let yourself make excuses like that.
fuck. why am i going to cartooning school again?
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God dammit I forgot about this kinda objectification crap in comics because there hasn’t been a hot human woman for like 10 issues of Deadpool.
If you had asked me 4 months ago if I ever thought I’d be reading super hero comics like Deadpool or mainstream stuff like TMNT I would have laughed in your fucking face and it’s all I do now and forever.
No I haven’t! I probably will have to see the movie. I don’t mean to be snotty, but all the live action tmnt have freaked me out, including the beloved Jim Henson suits. It’s gonna take a lot for me to get over it. I’m super new to the fandom too, I literally just started reading the comic 3 months ago and just finished watching all the available tv episodes last month. I’ve never seen any of the classic stuff but I sort of hate their character designs too so I dunno if I ever will.
Thanks for the question! I never get to talk to people about tmnt!