Madeline asks “What was the biggest obstacle you faced in becoming an author and how did you overcome it?”
I’ve heard other authors say that the hard part of writing isn’t starting a book, but finishing one. For me, the really hard part is sustaining my enthusiasm for a story I’ve written through many, many rounds of editorial notes, drawing, and copyediting. It takes around a year just to draw a graphic novel–I work at a rate of about one page per day–and when you break the story down into such small increments it’s hard to keep the big picture in mind. Even action-packed sequences are boring when they take so long to complete.
The easiest way to overcome the ennui of drawing a graphic novel is to stick to a schedule. I always take weekends off and get out of my studio, work in the yard, go shopping, take day trips, etc. By the time Monday rolls around I’m excited to get back to work, if only for a day or two.
Hope Larson is the author and artist of the forthcoming graphic novel CHIGGERS. Visit her author page for more information.