Bill Nichols writes:
I know you’re busy but if you get the chance, this is something I’m going to be doing on the Comic Creators Secrets blog, asking industry pros these questions and hopefully giving aspiring creators something to think about on their own journey.
The blog is meant to be an online extension of Sketch Magazine of sorts, posting advice about creating comics, the industry, being creative, etc. as well as re-posting whatever other wisdom we come across.
There’s no time limit on this. I’ll be posting them when I can. The first ten questions are the main ones, the “booster shot” are extra.
If you can do it, great. However, iIf you’re too busy, I completely understand.
1) What inspires you to create and keeps you going?
Sometimes I want to work with an artist, so I look at his, her, or its strengths, and write to that. But mostly it’s because I get an idea that crawls into my brain like an alien parasite.
2) Do you have a set routine?
Get up, feed the dogs, write. Every morning.
3) What kind of output do you try to achieve?
One to two thousand words a day.
4) What inspires you WHEN you create? Music? Noise? Silence?
I work in silence. Or try to.
5) Who was the first comic book creator that influenced you to pursue this?
6) When did you realize you could follow this path yourself?
7) What do you find to be a challenge in creating?
Balanced dynamics. A proper mixture of action, thought, and worldview.
? What else do you have to learn?
I don’t know what I don’t know.
9) What keeps you motivated to get better?
The desire to entertain, first myself, then others.
10) Can you turn your brain (creativity) off (and on)?
1) What advice do you have for aspiring creators?
Write! Every would-be writer has a million words of shit clogging up his system. You have to get it out before you get to the good stuff.
2) Do you ever worry about running out of ideas?
3) How do you handle the slow times?
By developing new projects.
4) How do you feel about the industry?
5) What would you say is your crowning achievement thus far?
Whatever I’m working on, which right now is The Water Bug, a horror novel.