Holly Hammerhands Thumbnails and Facing Fears
Moving along on the thumbnails for Holly Hammerhands. Just finished thumbnailing up to act three:
I’m noticing that I’m at the point I always land on in writing a story where I begin to have serious doubts about how it’s coming together. Even after taking tons of notes, ironing out an outline of how things will knit together to relay the overall point, I always start to get jittery when I’m nearly done thumbnailing. When you’re up to your neck in a story, even a short one, you can wonder if you’re getting tunnel vision, losing sight of things, or ignoring your timing or pacing. Up until tonight I was laughing at the story moments and gags, and I shouldn’t let that fun get stomped out by sweating my theory.
Trying to ignore this feeling by taking my own advice as covered in Thunder Punch Daily episodes 98 and 139. For those who don’t want to listen to those shows, the big idea is to just trust that my brain knows where it’s going with this. I’m at the thumbnail stage, after all. There’s time to review and revise. I’m also lucky to have a writing partner on this in Kasey Van Hise, who knows her way around comics storytelling. So I have that to fall back on. This isn’t to say that I’m just going to let go of the wheel and scribble for the next 8 pages. But I’m certainly not going to let myself fall into that self-torture of sweating and chanting about what a hack I am. Press on, get it done, and add the changes you need to make it good once the thumbs are complete.
I suspect a lot of us fall victim to this awful trap, or else why would things like Ira Glass’ little speech on Taste, the Complete Guide to Not Giving a F*** (salty language, watch out), or even the F-Yeah Art Student Owl Tumblr (again, language, careful), wouldn’t get passed around amongst us all. This is to say that instead of asking for a pep talk from you guys, I’m much more interested in using the comments here for commiserating. Do you struggle with this? How do you get through it?
Anyway, a funny panel with Holly feeling cheerful. Looking forward to getting the thumbs done and finishing this story.