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Anxiety and Comics
For the Month of March, we polled webcomic users
on Deviantart, Twitter, and forums, posing the question: What are the challenges that make you most anxious when beginning a new story or project?
We got a lot of excellent responses and more than a few webcomickers were willing to bare all their anxieties and frustrations! Any advice for conquering any of these infamous terrors? What worked for you? Tell us in the comments!
Top 5 Anxiety issues 1. Confidence/Self-doubt (22%)
"i'm just afraid people might not like it and all the work would be for nothing" 2. Where to start (21%)
"To clarify, I think it's a combination of self-doubt and being overwhelmed. For whatever reason, I feel more comfortable when a setting in my head has been well fleshed-out, but it gets to the point where I start thinking about minor things and then wondering if it even matters (for example, what religion does a specific setting adhere to in a story where I might not address religion at all), but then I start thinking about how even small things shape people's lives and cultures (like that religion could tie back into a morality system, or not), and then I just...@_@"
"Not knowing where to start. I'm not a good story teller and I tend to.. not have beginnings to my stories! XD" 3. Time management (19%)
"definitely the story planning and making up my mind where to start. I remembered edited my story nearly 6 times and I'm still not satisfied "
'A rather complicated mix of problems. Most of them revolving around university life and homework. Bleeh." 4. Procrastination (14%)
"My weakness is in procrastination and time management... Also my family and school trouble me a lot, which deal with stamina, limited-time-on-computer allowance, and a naughty child."
"Guess you can almost call it chronic procrastination. I'm a student and right now I actually have quite a bit of free time due to certain circumstances, but even so I rarely get to take out my tablet and actually be productive even though I easily could be. Instead I play games or do nothing at all... guess it's also a bit because I get easily discouraged to actually find where to start." 5. Lack of stamina (13%)
"it takes so long that i fear i will get exhausted and lose the will to finish. still, i want to try. i do like drawing, i do like making up stories. it exhausts me physically and mentally but that doesn't mean i dislike it. i still want to do it! but i feel like i will take forever and ever and ever..."
"For me, it's a combination of time management, procrastination, and stamina. I'm in art school right now, and by the time I finish all my homework, I don't work on my own personal projects cause I'm all "but I already did art today!" T_T"