writing, perfectionism, and comics
so, up till just recently I absolutely hated the writing process. it terrified me.
but I've finally started to reach a point where writing isn't so bad; I actively enjoy it now, if you'd believe it!
so I wanted to talk about that, and like. how I got here.
1. perfectionism, the enemy of good art
perfectionism is the feeling of walking on eggshells, an unhealthy tension between your art and the idea of it. it can make you feel afraid to create at all, if you let it have its way with you!
I always found that I struggle more with perfectionism when I'm writing, than when I'm drawing.
I think it probably came from the two years of english classes where I would get good grades but they would never be good enough for my teacher. I think I internalised the idea that I wasn't good enough. It made it really fuckin hard to write anything.
my answer to perfectionism is that my work will never live up to the abstract idea of what it could be, and that's ok. It's ok to make bad art. it's ok to take shortcuts.
lower your standards a bit: you have to make bad art to make good art. it's ok to look at a work and say "good enough" and move on. "it's a hot mess, but it's my hot mess, and I'm proud of it", you know?
as long as I'm enjoying the process, that's what matters.
2. self indulgence, the act of writing something for yourself
your target audience should be you! you don't need to worry about making something with mass-appeal. just make something that you enjoy. because when you enjoy the process of making something, it shines through in the final work!
especially with comic writing, you should be writing for yourself! it doesn't need to be fancy, it just needs to convey the story. you and maybe a select few other people are the only people who need to ever see your script, everyone else just sees the finished pages.
like. my writing style is incredibly blunt, but it doesn't matter because I can rely on my art to describe things to the readers.
I try to keep my scripts simple because for me, they're more of a utility than anything else. they help me set up pacing, story structure, dialogue, and action before I ever put stylus to tablet to draw.
3. the more you write, the easier it gets
I think you just have to write a lot too, to start feeling more confident in your work. as you learn about and refine your process, things get easier. I know because that's where I am now. I'm finding my process.
and I'm having a fun time doing it.
thanks for reading! ♪(´▽｀)