The Big Picture

18 Apr

I’m constantly coming up with new ideas for my cartooning work.  I know it’s cliche to say it, but I think it’s part of the creative field that I’m in.  I kind of have to.  Actually, I know I have to.

If I had a magic genie or mentor that I handed my ideas to on a daily basis and they just happened, I’d have a lot of stuff out there (oh, and could relax a bit more).  Everything from books, graphic novels, software, apps, websites and more.  Everyday I’m thinking, “Wow.  There might be something here!”.  The reality is though, a lot of the big ideas are just that – ideas.  Nothing really comes from them.

The older I get though, the more I’m starting to realize what ideas MIGHT work and have potential.

I’m also learning that – if I think real hard – I might already have the resources to help make that idea happen. Without even using a genie.

The Big Picture copy

What do I mean by that?

Well, I’ve always had this notion – for some odd-reason – that I must make everything happen on my own.  Which is true, in some sense.  The idea and everything must come from me, or nothing would happen.  BUT, there is help in getting ideas off the ground.  And a lot of times, it’s all right in front of my face with people I know, work with and have a relationship with already.  Resources.  All leading to getting the “idea” to come into focus much more streamlined than me thinking I can do everything by myself.

I’ve smacked myself upside the head a few times after realizing this.  “There’s my answer!  It’s been there the whole time.  Wow…..”

A lot of the details of some of these ideas of mine, I don’t know very well.  Making me the person NOT the best pick to handle something.

I’m not good at quite a few things.  (It’s not secret.  Have you ever watched me try to play basketball?)

So, it’s becoming much more easier for me to have a little system to handle these ideas.

First off, if I think of an idea and I’m very excited about it, usually it’s worked out into a good idea and I’ll run with it.  But run where?

Well, that’s when I stop, breathe – and think of the best route to go with this idea.  I ask my self several things.  Is this something I should do on my own?  Do I know others that could help make this happen?  What’s for dinner?

If it’s something I can do on my own – I’ll start!

If it’s something I think could work better with resources, I’ll try to get them!

From there, it’s a matter of making it happen then.

Now, I do hit a snag.

Sometimes, I have these BIG ideas, and no clue where to start.  I have no resources in a particular area, no direction and I believe it’s something I CAN’T do on my own.  That’s when I wish I had a magic genie to help me out.

For example, I’m working on my graphic novel (still).  I’m not 100% how to pitch it.  I’m not sure if I should pursue a literary agent first.  Or send it straight to a publisher?  Plus, I still have to write and re-write.  Who is the best person to send it to to proof read?  Then, I want to make it all professional, and how do I display it in such a way?

Lot’s to consider.

Of course there are books, YouTube videos and a ton of resources.  And trust me – I take advantage.  At the end of the day though, my mind feels a bit cluttered with different angles I could take on things.  And I’m left feeling like I’m not sure what’s best.

With this graphic novel example, I don’t know anyone to pitch it to personally, I don’t know any literary agents, publishers or proof readers.  So, even initially approaching this has been challenging for me.  That being said though, there are graphic novels out there on the shelves, and everyone that has created them has probably had the same situation I’m in.  I just have to figure out the best route they took, and maybe go from there.

With some quick thinking, maybe contact someone who HAS been published with a graphic novel and see what they did.  That might answer all my questions in one email.

See?  Just requires some thinking.

So anyway, I might have a lot of big ideas – and most people I run across (even those in the non-creative fields) will often have them as well.  No, I’m not trying to be a motivational speaker, but really – if it’s a cool idea – give it a go.  Think of resources you might have around you.  If you wanted to build a rocket ship, you might – just might – have a rocket scientist as a neighbor that could help your project take-off (no pun intended).

Again, my meter for figuring out if it’s something worthwhile is asking, “Is this exciting”?  Actually, it’s more of a feeling,  Am I excited about this?  If “yes”, then hell, I’ll give it a whirl.  I’ll figure out if I need help, resources or whatever it may be.

Some of those ideas will flourish – others will fail.  At the end of the day, everything happens for a reason and I stick with what works and move on from those ideas that don’t.  And even the ones that don’t initially work out, sometimes can resurface later after an idea hits me on how to make it work.  Or someone else brings to the table how to make it happen.

But, all this being said, if you DO know a genie that can make big ideas happen a bit quicker, please shoot me an email.  I’d like to meet one.  I think they’d be a great resource.

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