The end of summer is approaching and school season is about to begin. I found myself having the summer blues after a few uneventful weekends. Where does our focus go sometimes? To get out dull city I decided to break out of my normal genre and attend a new show. I attended a comic book festival in my downtown area. Attending Autoptic was a refreshing experience. Being around other artists and writers re-energized my mind. I had a front row view of table displays and books. Many of the comic and cartoonists and created their own books. They combine a traditional story telling with visual imagery. The images and words help the reader free and feel the emotional content. How can this help you as writer? Draw out the scenes in your head and create a story board to keep your thoughts on track. The storyline might flow better and the details of your written imagery may improve even if you have to draw stick figures, or cut out pictures from magazines. A new method of outlining may get you out of the summer blues. Seeing and meeting other people who aren’t afraid to put their work out there can lift the spirits too! See you at the next show! – Mahieu
Summer is a great time to take your pile of books or self-published works on tour. There are several events going on around my home city of Minneapolis. I’m sure there are plenty going on around your area. I find some of the upcoming shows through my local newspapers and some indie org. sites. It only takes a few minutes filling out applications or sending an email off to the site organizer to join. I also share a table with other artists especially if I’m at a craft or art event. You can use this opportunity to promote your illustrator and yourself. I will tell you to have some kind of resume/portfolio information ready to submit if they ask. Most events require bio information 1 paragraph about yourself, pictures of your work (book covers), a description of your book, and what you plan to do at the event. Creating a resume for yourself as a writer in advance for book readings and events would save you time. Also, let them know if you’ve had other events. List them on your website. Post your events on your website so people in the industry can find you. There will be slow times in selling your own work, so use the down time wisely.
Where will Adventures of Lucy and Bryan: King of Wild Island be next? See our events page.
August 30th- Sept 1st
Meta Con 2013 at the Hyatt Regency
(Anime, comics, gaming, and more)
See mahieustudios.com for links
I just wanted to share some thoughts from another source. Sometimes a five minute speaker can you new ideas. I recently watched an episode do TedTalks and they had guest speaker, Matt Cutter on the show. In about five minutes he shared his experiences that changed his life. He decided to try something new for 30 days at a time. In one of those 30 day trials he wrote a book. Of course, he said it still needed work but the point was that he actually achieved something he never thought he would do. Try explaining the 30 day book to someone whose been working on their novel for a few years. Is there something holding us back or are we really that busy? Think about it. Test out his 30 day experiment with your writing. Perhaps you could try writing in a new genre or style for 30 days to break your daily grind. For writers, I would also recommend another 30 days of editing. The point is to make the changes you need and 30 days might form a useful habit for your writing. Let me know if you decide to try the 30 day experiment. My first children’s book was finished using this same principle. It took 30 days of writing and illustrating, and another 30 for editing. The final process of publishing and reviewing the copy probably took close to another month but it was finally finished. I know changing something in your life for 30 days works. Hope you give it a try.