Red Hood Rider

Comic 6 - Short Hiatus:

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Short Hiatus:
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3rd Dec 2016, 12:00 PM
So I know I literally just started the comic.
And a hiatus this early is something likely to kill fan interest, make people stop following me.

That's unfortunate, I know that. But all the same...I've got that tough judgement call to make, and I have made my call.

I don't have the time to both make a comic and write a novel, in spite of my passion for both. But...I do want to write a novel for NaNoWriMo. In particular, there's one novel that I have had in mind since about July of this year. (Well, a bit later than that--more like August, is when it turned into an actual novel idea.)

I probably won't finish the novel, I know. The novel I have in mind is ridiculously ambitious and also ridiculously good as a result, so making it come to reality may be a bit hard. But ultimately, NaNoWriMo is the best shot I have at writing it at all. I have a lot on my plate which makes it difficult for me to pursue my hobbies, writing and drawing. I don't like it, but it's there all the same. So if I didn't choose to do NaNoWriMo now, if I focused on continuing my comic, realistically, the next chance I would have to write that novel is a year later.

And I actually have some real-life motivation to do a novel right now, too. I have, consistently, been aware that my webcomics are a hobby: I do not make any money from them, and they are a dead end when it comes to professionally showing off my skills. (Mostly because I cannot show off my webcomic without risking revealing my gender to people not in the know about me.) Even if I COULD make money from my art, I actually made the decision long ago that I didn't want to. That may seem like a strange sensation. I've long-since forgotten the motivation for why, though there was one once. It's just...I maintain my feelings there, even if I don't remember the initial cause.

I simply don't like the idea of me, personally, making money from art. I cheer on fellow artists in their endeavors to get anything resembling an income from their passion. But for me, personally, I simply...can't see myself ever desiring it, ever thinking I should have it. And even if I did, then I don't really see myself as being that successful. I'm really not that great of an artist and I have SEVERE commitment issues, so it just...seems like something not meant for me.

Now, writing, on the other hand...I've dreamed of publishing a book since I was thirteen years old. I didn't know how. Or what novel it would be. Or when. But I always knew it was something that I'd be good at and which I could do. Those desires have only grown with time, such that they are rather large now, and I honestly have always been aware I would make some profit from it. Furthermore, I have always thought that I WOULD make profit. The idea of my books being some obscure work nobody ever reads basically never occurs to me, because while I recognize only one in a million writers succeed...I do, legitimately, honestly, fully and entirely believe I have what it takes to be that one.

It might take time! I would need to do the right marketing. I would need to advertise, among both friends and family. Spread the word of my work. I could even take multiple years with multiple books before I break out, with my works being sleeper hits of sorts. So, initially not succeeding, not being an instant hit, I am aware could happen. But in my heart, I KNOW that if I pursued my writing for long enough, I would have a career there.

Furthermore! Even if, in the very unlikely scenario that I wouldn't be able to say I've succeeded...I'd be able to at least show off proof of my writing skills. Now, on, saaaaaaaaaaaaay, LinkedIn, I can tell you I am a good writer. I can tell you I write novels. I can tell you that they're good novels, too! But because I haven't actually finished them, I cannot actually show you my novels. And I really, really, REALLY want to change that. To finally have proof that, yes. I am a good writer. Even if I don't make much money! Even if I don't break out! Even if I'm not a smash hit, an instant success! Even if I remain in obscurity, as one of the 999,999 who doesn't make it. I want to have it there so I can say I did it.

So that's why I'm taking a one-month break from the comic. We'll be back full-force in December.

And, hey. Who knows? Depending on how much time I spend on my art, I may even build up a buffer so that we don't ever need a hiatus again! (Really depends on how much time I devote to art when I should be writing.)

Soyeah. Sorry for the break. If I actually accomplish the tremendous task of finishing my novel, I'll be sure to let you know, since I imagine anyone interested in my comic would probably be interested in my writing, because again, I've always been a better writer than artist.

Though, that being said, I do feel I'm getting better at art! Not so much for quick sketches like this, but for full pages.

See you soon!

Comments:

You should do whichever you have more passion for. If it's novels, then do novels. If you want to do it most, that's where the quality will be most enhanced. So, good choice.

12th Nov 2016, 3:32 PM edit delete reply

The problem is it's equal for both. :P

But I think I've worked out a potential way for me to handle both, though we'll have to see how it works out pragmatically.

15th Nov 2016, 3:39 AM edit delete reply

Well, however the way it goes, we fully support your decision and we will be eagerly waiting for an update on the comic too!

Please do keep in touch :)

20th Nov 2016, 2:28 PM edit delete reply

Will do!

26th Nov 2016, 6:52 PM edit delete reply

I'll be back when you are. Love the character design.

27th Nov 2016, 8:18 PM edit delete reply

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