I love storytelling. I love everything about it.
But sometimes, when I’ve edited a scene five times, or readjusted my panels for an entire week, or gone over the line art of that one illustration so much my wrist is cracking, it’s hard to remember why. When things don’t go to plan, or are out of your control, it’s easy to get frustrated. Waiting anxiously for people to reply to your emails; waiting for your grades to be released; or getting another pile of changes to add to the never-ending cycle of ‘you need to get better at this’ doesn’t help either.
To help you out of this never-ending cycle of doom, here are some things that might make doing the thing you love a little more loveable again:
Rest. You’ve heard it before, and you’re going to hear it again. Your body and your brain need to rest to function. Pulling all-nighters might get work done, but after a while, it’s neither sustainable nor enjoyable. Fix those sleep patterns, eat those meals, and stop beating your body up for doing work. Unless you reward your brain for doing things, it’s going to make your life miserable.
Remember why you started creating. It’s easy to lose track of that nice feelingTM when you don’t actually know what it is. It’s easy to forget, after the fifth logo adjustment for your client, that you started illustrating because you liked drawing butterflies. It’s easy to forget when you’re writing an advertising campaign for body wash that you liked writing sci-fi. That doesn’t mean you have to change anything you are doing; sometimes you need to do things you don’t want to, but just don’t forget to write about your little aliens after your morning coffee.
Do the thing you like in your spare time. Even if you do what you love for work, it’s important to separate your work hours from your break hours. This doesn’t mean that if you draw for work, that you can’t draw in your ‘break’ time. What it does mean is that it’s not a good idea to do your ‘work’ drawings in your ‘break’ time. Break time is there for a reason. Don’t work in it.
There are many more ways to rekindle your love for your work. However, going back to your roots and taking care of yourself are essential in keeping yourself happy and healthy.
Good luck and happy creating.