The comic book contest for our site is get ready for take off. Are you ready to enter it? It’s not easy to put together all of the elements needed in good comic storytelling. If you are having a hard time getting inspired, or making it past the first word, try these tricks that writers use to help them get their focus back.
Step Away From the Comics
Novice writers of all genres make this mistake all of the time. They think that by reading a bunch of comics, books or stories, they will find the inspiration they need. The trouble with this is that:
A.You suddenly feel inadequate against the other writers you are reading, and
B. You end up creating a spin off of what you just read.
You don’t want either of those to happen to you. To keep your self esteem high and your stories original, stop reading. If you are that stuck, take a nap or watch T.V. The best ideas will come when you are thinking about something completely different.
If it is the drawing that you are stuck on, keep a pencil and paper nearby and doodle as you relax and watch T.V. Playing around with different styles, without the pressure of having to create something, will help you in creating something.
This may sound silly to some, but focusing on clearing your mind will actually make it more creative. Set the mood with soft candlelight and an essential oil room diffuser. Choose a scent from the dozens of essential oils available that soothes you. Create an environment that is as quiet as possible, turn off your cell and close your eyes. Focus on breathing in and out. The essential oil diffuser will make this more pleasurable. As your mind and body relax, all of the clutter is dissipated and your thoughts become clear enough to begin thinking about your comic for the contest.
Do Something Completely Out of Your Element
Race around a go-kart track, hit some balls at the batting range, or take your dad out fishing. New experiences give you new ideas to work with in your comic. There is only so much creativity your desk can help you muster. You need to see some of the outside world too if you want to write a draw a truly unique comic for the contest.
The genre you chose is one of the more difficult types of writing out there. Don’t cut yourself short if you find yourself in a temporary drought. The ideas will soon start swimming again if you first clear your mind and then fill it up with new experiences. Good luck on your project and with the contest. May the best comic creator win!