How to Harness the Power of Procrastination

… and the Influence of Importance on Motivation

I was doing some thinking about my choice to quit my job and pursue a chance to publish my own comic.  Counter productive thoughts began resembling a plague.  It is not uncommon that the voices of naysayers crop up from time to time to bounce echoes of self doubt inside my thoughts, and while I used to believe in their negative point of view of me, I chose to begin believing in my ability to research and persevere to tell a great story instead.

Choosing to live out the experience of accomplishing your dream is a powerful choice.  However, the path is usually long and arduous and often it is easy to find yourself eventually coming down from a motivational high and having trouble getting back into it. When that happens, I have a bit of a secret weapon for re-lighting that fire under my ergonomic office chair seat cushion.  I binge watch.  I know it sounds counter intuitive but stay with me.

When I feel less than motivated to stop procrastinating I binge watch, but only things that I can glean information from to help me in my ultimate pursuit.  I had one of those days yesterday.  I just couldn’t put myself down in front of my keyboard, so I began to horizontally absorb any information I could from YouTube and other various internet sources about such things like running a successful Kickstarter and all from on my back on the couch.  I also looked up information on building email lists.  There are definitely some morally ambiguous sorts with questionable ways to generate an email list, but I just tell them I think I can tell the wrong sort for myself, thanks.

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The beauty of my “revolutionary” Motivational Binge Watching process is that by lazily studying, it satiated my desire to indulge my laziness while still progressing me forward.  An added bonus is that because I surrounded myself with relevant information, my thoughts were naturally influenced back on track which motivated me towards the ultimate goal of self publishing my comic book. I only lost a day of writing and even if it had been for a bit longer, it was time well spent by seeing what steps have lead to success for others and allowing me to give some thought to the tasks in my inevitable future.

Actually, there was one last important factor. Realizing the importance of accomplishing my goal.  Understanding that I would gladly suffer through all the late night edits, the incapacitating writer’s block, and all the other self inflicted tortures that come with the ill advised choice to be a writer because achieving my goal is that important to me and thereby deserves only my best efforts.

I’ll end by saying obviously one should work towards eliminating those unmotivated moments from happening, but in the journey for productivity, it is sometimes necessary to indulge your inner slacker.   So, if something is important to you, just remember it’s part of the process to struggle or even to fail, as long as you persevere to the end.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed this one.  I rather liked writing it.

Remember to follow me on Twitter @m0nkeyfire (it’s a zero!) to come along with me as I work towards my dream of self publishing my comic book!

Creating a Comic the Austin Humphrey Way

Obviously, there are tons of ways to go about publishing your own comic.  I am new to the process but have a pretty good handle on what steps should be done and when.

So, if you’re just starting out I would begin with:

  1. Ask yourself “Should I write for my project or focus on my social media presence?

When I first started, I dove head first into my comic book and after I finished the 6th issue I realized that if I finish my book, who would I tell about it?  Having a loyal following on social media is important to the success of your comic book and should not be neglected.  So what do you do?  Easy.  Start a Twitter.  Get yourself one of those tweet scheduling apps and start creating content to entice followers to stick around until you finish your project.  For me, I started writing a blog (this one in fact) and am already up to 8 blog posts which I can blast on my twitter.  The more blogs I write, the more free content I have to share and the more followers I can accumulate.  Get that follower number up by offering quality free content.

 

 

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2. Start Studying!

Most of my day is spent studying and researching every aspect of what I’ll need to know so I can publish my comic book successfully.  Meanwhile, my afternoons are spent building my social media presence while my nights are where I do most of my writing, be it for my comic or for these blogs. The more you know, the less you stumble. So don’t try to blindly wander your way to success.  Make a plan, set a path, and stay motivated to see it through to the end.

3. Finding an artist

I’ll get into more detail here in a different post, but since I’ve been building a following and I have a decent amount of my comic written, finding an artist to work with is the next step to completing the project.

 

 

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4. Start promoting your main project.

Once you have enough content on your blog to gather a following on twitter, it’s time to give them even MORE free stuff.  Once I have my issue 0 completed with artwork and all, I will use it as a freebie to entice people to do a few things.  They’ll sign up with their email to receive a digital copy, now I have a list of emails that are interested in reading my comic.  I can send out mass emails to my followers telling them when the next issues will be released for sale!  It also wets the appetite of the reader to get them hooked on your story.

5. Kickstarter

This is the last step I have given thought to as I am still in the “generate a following” phase, but there is always lots to know and learn and I’ll share more about Kickstarter when I get there.  For now, let’s assume you don’t have the money to pay for an artist, printing, shipping… Use Kickstarter to allow people to support your project by giving you the money to complete it in exchange for a thank you gift.  Usually being the comic itself among other things for different tier donations.  Expect a Big Time Kickstarter Tips blog post when it’s time to throw myself into that adventure.

So there you have it!  Some general steps that hopefully make your path to self publishing a little clearer and easier to navigate.

If you found this helpful or want to pass this info along to someone in need, please like and share.  It’s always appreciated!

Thanks and remember to follow me on twitter too! @m0nkeyfire