Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Not Alone

Fellow writer Jason Tudor (also a fellow AWer) had a post today that recalled a similar situation I encountered a few years ago. In his reply to my comment, Jason noted that sometimes it can feel like you're the only one in that situation.

I hear ya, bro.

KAT AND MOUSE: GUNS FOR HIRE had a brief incarnation as a webcomic but eventually stopped for two reasons. First, my artwork was not up to par when compared with other webcomics out there (and this was my estimation). Second, I'm not a quick artist so putting out pages on a specific schedule often found me scrambling to make it work.

After four months of hemming and hawing, I pulled the plug on the project.

It's hard to do something like that. Especially after you've put in the time and effort on a project. Feels like it was all a waste of time.

At the time, I felt I was the only one in that situation. That all other webcomickers never ran into that type of thing and all their webcomics worked out and didn't crash and burn after a few installments.

But I've come to know it isn't always the case. There are other creatives out there who go through this, too. Writers will scrap projects if they're not working out and start a fresh one. Sometimes, elements from the scrapped work will find its way into either the new work or a future work.

It's all grist for the mill.

The other thing that came out of that was a realization of where my strengths lie. It wasn't in comicking, no matter how much I liked to draw and sketch. Passable work, sure. But
not at the level I wanted it to be.

But I could craft a decent story that people enjoyed.

So that's what I did.

Result? KAT AND MOUSE as a serial.

To those writers who feel like they're toiling in isolation, I say this: Yes, our work is often done alone. By ourselves. And nobody sees our struggles. But remember that your fellow writers are also in the same boat. Sometimes, looking up to see what your compatriots are doing can make you see that you're not really alone.

Because you're not.

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