I was hiking all over the Internet today and was reading the blog entries that accompany the comics, because that the kind of time I have these days. Most were the usual, “I feel purple today” entries but I saw Wes Molebash’s site. Wes, the creator of You’ll Have That, mentioned that he was suffering from the common web comic malady of burnout.
Burnout happens to everyone, especially anyone engaged in a creative endeavor.
Burnout has lead to many a missed update, indefinite sabbatical or even the untimely death for many a web comic. Don’t worry though, Molebash says he has no intention of quitting, or even taking a break from, You’ll Have That.
Still I feel for you man. I’ve felt burnout plenty of times as a writer and in other aspects of my life. I may not be a doctor or an expert, but I once beat up an expert on doctors so here’s how I face burnout, hoping it’ll help Wes and many other creators to be able to keep producing the free entertainment, I so desperately need.
1) Keep plugging: If you get away from what you’re doing, you’ll get out of your groove and it’ll be even harder to get back into it.
2) Try something different: Keep drawing comics, but try something else to keep you from burning out. Try a new story line, add a new character or even try a whole new comic for a while. This way your still in the comicing groove but it’s not the same old thing.
3) Have another hobby. It’s totally ok to take an hour off to shoot some hoops, watch a movie or slay a dragon. It’ll help you clear the head and have more desire to keep at it.
That’s my basic advice. I’m sure many of you out there have been burned out, what did you do to help yourself through it?