Why Am I Here?Why am I on Patreon? Because platforms like this give people the room to fly.
It provides us with the means to do the things (all the things) we want to do. To embrace the creativity that won't, initially, provide payoff. I could say that it's too bad that we can't get paid for the stuff we love to do, but that's just not realistic.
Life isn't about getting or doing all the things. It's about trying. Sometimes we have to do things we don't love, in order to eventually do the things that we do love. Patreon gives us an outlet and a means to join and foster communities that think like us, that are after the same things.
It also isn't just about getting paid. Most people (note: data collected non-scientifically across a study group of one) don't compose music, write books or create art for the money. There's a payoff in the process. Payoff in the form of pride and creative expression.
But I like to think that most of us aren't in it for the money itself. That said, money helps provide a solid foundation from which we can create comfortably and not leave our nearest and dearest out in the cold.
So there it is. I'm hoping that I can attract a community of like-minded people who are interested in what I have to say, the stories that I write and in supporting what I want to do. I will do the same in return. Let's get on with it.
Let's Get StartedI like to plan. I’m a planner. But not always a do-er. Sort of like talking-the-talk, but not walking-the-walk. I’m like that with a lot of things. Fitness, health, parenting. The best laid plans often go awry, they say (or, rather, Robert Burns does, in a much more poetic manner). Which doesn’t mean that I don’t, eventually, get on with the thing(s) I’m planning for. I just tend to procrastinate and, honestly, I usually enjoy the idea of what I’m about to do, more so than the doing itself.
I’ve been building up to regularly writing (more planning). I’m almost there. And my planning is kind of like writing. Kind of. I’m taking a great writing course (I’m writing notes). I’ve written (yes! Actually written!) segments-or-small-pieces of a work in progress (#WIP) and started on a solid outline for the book itself (fantasy epic. Or is it an epic fantasy? I’ll guess we’ll just have to see).
Plus, I'm pitching a comic WIP with @kevinmanklowart.
All that said, with a "real job" in content marketing, a family, and all that implies... a regular writing habit eludes me.
Accountability and peer-review are great tools when it comes to writing, to be sure, but more often than not it’s inspiration I need.
The fear or anxiety that accompanies accountability is effective, but being inspired is what keeps me going.
That’s what I get out of my writing course, my wife, and friends like Kevin Manklow; other Patreon creators like Inkpulp, podcasts, blog posts and books by K.M. Weiland, the Writing Excuses podcast; and books like Stephen King’s On Writing; The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman; Writing the Blockbuster Novel by Albert Zuckerman; and Brian Michael Bendis’ Words for Pictures: The Art and Business of Writing Comics and Graphic Novels.
See? Lots of planning. Little doing.
The WritingWhat will I be writing? Last year (2017), I challenged myself to post to Medium once per week. Work-related. Writing-related. Creative. The point was regulalry writing.
I got around half-way there.
This year, it's about productivity combined with creativity. Get the comic pitched. Get another pitch out there. Get something, anything, going.
I also want to start my own podcast. Something that speaks to creative challenges, for people looking to break into comics or writing in general. A monthly cast that summarizes the past 30 days, hopefully interviews some people, and gets some subscribers.
So, here goes. Time to walk-the-walk. Wish me luck.
FYI, I can also be found on Medium, Instagram and LinkedIn.