11 July 2007

Motivation to sit down and do a comicbook.

I don’t get it. Explain it to me. Everyone who talks about motivation treats it like romance. Like some love-affair they’re waiting for before they engage in anything worthwhile.

The topic of ‘motivation’ came up recently on an internet forum. Nothing particularly new I thought – but what surprised me was the dual personalities (or more accurately, schizophrenic nature) of many people wanting to sit on the fence.

If someone wants to make comics casually, then fine. There’s nothing at all wrong with doing comics only when your want to. (Only when you’re feeling 'romantic', so to speak.) - But what I can’t understand is when these same people complain about the consumer/comics market (which relies largely on a product’s high quality & regularity) not being receptive to their work.

I mean, really.

The way I see it, and your welcome to think otherwise, is that ‘motivation’ tends to be directed to an activity that one finds worthwhile or necessary in some way. Why else would you bother to ‘motivate’ yourself?

If on the other hand you, like me, want to be productive, have your books in stores, & become better at your craft, but you still require motivation before commencing your work - then you strike me as a little unrealistic. That is, I think you want the reward of comics ‘before’, ‘during’ & ‘after’ the experience, whereas if you don’t even begin drawing – you won’t get the latter two rewards.

The goal of producing the finished comic has to be extremely important to you if your taking it seriously. Getting the book printed on time and looking as good as you picture it in your head has to be there if it is going to take any kind of heightened importance in your life. You have to be obsessed. You have to be single-minded.

If it’s just a hobby, then your enthusiasm will match that mindset. Parenthetically, you'll get the rewards of a hobby too. If, on the other hand, you're serious about your book, then don’t fool yourself into thinking that lightning will strike on your lack-luster efforts. If your serious about it, then you’ll tend to treat it (as many of us with full-time jobs do), as a part-time job. You have to make regular time during the week for your book. Even if it’s a long-term vision, you won’t get anywhere unless you take it seriously. The ‘motivation’ should be your end goal.

Remember, a goal is just a dream with a timeline.


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