I want to create a world in which you will lose yourself. Actually, make that worlds.
I’m a writer, a cartoonist and as of two months ago, a blogger. I’ve had moderate recognition with the first two endeavors, having written (and drawn editorial cartoonists) for a newspaper for three years. I’ve also developed a decent sized readership of my comic strip, though I’ve yet to reach out to a syndicate. Blogging is still very new to me, but it feels like a calling. I’ve been pouring my everything into it and am slowly finding a great community.
The problem is, I’ve not yet found breakout success with any of these ventures. You know, the kind of success where you can make a comfortable living doing what you want to do.
Some people have suggested that I concentrate on one area, say comics, and put everything into that. But if there’s one thing I learned from my layoff at the paper in June, it’s to not place all my eggs into one basket. I am filling as many baskets as I can and hoping one of them will have the golden egg. If I can find success with any one of my loves, I will be able to pursue them all.
Rather than follow one path, I intend to create new ones and – new worlds.
I would be lying if I didn’t admit to being scared. Fear nips at my feet and lurks in the shadows, its venomous tongue giving voice to my self doubts.
“Who are YOU to think you can write? Everything good has been done. There are no new ideas, no new ways to say things. You suck. Just give up.”
But I can’t. There is too much riding on this. This is my earliest dream – to create.
Every word I write and each picture I draw brings me closer to turning dreams into reality.
But dreams without time mean nothing. The best and brightest of dreams fade to black without the time to fulfill them. And time is where I keep losing the battle. Drawing comics takes anywhere from two to four hours per strip. Blogging involves not only writing, but commenting and following other blogs. Writing also gobbles away at the clock. In the past two months, (since starting Blogger Dad) I’ve missed several comic updates and have not written much outside of this blog.
In short, I’ve spread myself too thin across three different artistic endeavors. I need to develop a time management system to ensure I can give my all to each of these efforts. My worlds depend on it.
If anyone has any advice or related stories, I’d love to hear from you.
To read another post in which I talk about why I want to create such worlds, click here.
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