Dealing with creative frustration

Dealing with creative frustration
by Draginbeard 19th Jul 2012, 11:49 PM

Howdy folks,

I got my wacom tablet in the mail today and I've been messing around getting used to it. It takes a bit since I've never used one before. Right now I'm not comfortable with it, but it is easier on the hand than a mouse. Still, I have high hopes that this tool is going to help me advance my work in ways I couldn't do on my own.

As you may notice, I mostly blog about doing comics and the things I have experienced along the way. I want to keep going in this direction, and I thought I would share something I read a while back. This addresses the feeling of frustration most people experience when they are trying to create something, it doesn't matter what medium, I think we all go through it.

I'm going to put up a cleaned-up version since the copy I have looks like it was written in a rush and without spell check.


"Nobody tells this to people who are beginners.

All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste, and yet there is this odd gap. For the first couple of years we make stuff, and it's not that good. It's trying to be good, it has the potential to be good, but it just isn't there yet.

Your personal taste, the thing that got you into the game is a killer, and your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they just give up and walk away. Most people I know who do interesting creative work went through years of self doubt and struggle.

We know our work doesn't have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. If you are just starting out, or you are still in this phase, just know that this is normal, and the most important thing you can do is keep going. It's going to take a lot of work .

Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you finish one piece. It's only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will rise to your ambitions. I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I've ever met. It's going to take a while, and that's normal. You just have to fight your way through."

- Ira Glass.

Right now this little piece of advice is pretty much what I'm holding onto. I know my work could be better, but right now, this is the very best I can do. I have to embrace that and keep going.

If you are doing something you really enjoy doing, then its worth the struggle and growing pains ahead to get to where you want to be.

I started a lot later in life than many of the people I know, and I have to take it on faith that there was a reason why I didn't get my stuff together before now. Hell, I still may not be ready for this, but at this point, nothing is going to stop me from pushing on anyway.

I just thought this was worth sharing.

See you next update.

Gavin - 7/19/2012