Friday, January 4, 2013

Brain Whisperer

I can’t imagine this gag hasn’t been done before, but it’s how I feel today. I want to yell at my brain “Look, I’ll accept even one good idea from you! If you can’t give me that, then you’re fired and I’m just going to watch youtube videos for the rest of my life.” (Brains hate it when you just watch youtube).

One of the tricks of making a living by making creative work is learning to manage your own creativity. Gardening really is a pretty good, if overused, metaphor. You organize, you plant seeds, and you try every day just to keep the weeds out, but you can’t control the weather, and sometimes rabbits are going to get in and eat your metaphorical carrots. Sometimes you get a giant pumpkin, or a bumper crop you never expected.

I think these extra comics I post here, -the robot comics and journal comics and such- are my way of weeding. I tend to post more of them when I’m struggling or stalling out on other projects. It’s a good way to get out of a rut and jump start the creative process.

And what about you, my creative friends? What do you do to get back in the groove?