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Published: December 30, 2014
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Try harder. Fail better.
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SHARK-008's avatar
SHARK-008Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Try harder. Fail better." I will keep that in mind. ^^;
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lantairvleaHobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep, that's how we do it.
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AazhieHobbyist General Artist
good gaw yeah, this is how it's done...
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whisperpntrStudent General Artist
This.is.golden.

I have to start stopping this habit otherwise I will never have anything to show for in my portfolio or my story (and yea if you replace the words with pics, i'm that person in your comic.
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LostbunniesofWendyProfessional Traditional Artist
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. So awesome and so realistic!
Batichi's avatar
Started writing seriously for the first time, and this. So much this. Then re-organizing all the extra stuff to see if it'll fit in another story. D:
FablePaint's avatar
FablePaintProfessional Filmographer
yepyepyep
Oly-RRR's avatar
Oly-RRRProfessional General Artist
Yesss. :stare: I think by now I just look at everything I do as permanent work in progress...
whisperpntr's avatar
whisperpntrStudent General Artist
This.  So this.
FablePaint's avatar
FablePaintProfessional Filmographer
webcomics especially feel that way. I'm hoping to basically get one huge chunk done at a time just so there isn't /too/ much evolution between chapters. I understand that stuff will evolve, but it's embarassing to have your 1st page be completely different from the 20th in a story meant to be consumed all at once.
Oly-RRR's avatar
Oly-RRRProfessional General Artist
I don't think visible progress is embarrassing per say (or at least that's what I tell myself as I stare at pages from chapter one while working on chapter two ;)) but I sort of know what you mean.
FablePaint's avatar
FablePaintProfessional Filmographer
Inconsistency then, let's say. And considering if it's in book form, the first few pages gotta grab readers, then I'm gonna want the beginning to match at least the middle.
Oly-RRR's avatar
Oly-RRRProfessional General Artist
Ah, yeah, it makes sense for books! :nod: But if it makes you feel better you can notice changes even in very professional Franco-Belgian series. Basically everything that takes several months to draw is likely to have that effect. The reason it's less visible with superhero comics (and comics released in similar format) is because they are done in smaller chunks and by different artists so you only see the difference after a several editions, not chapter to chapter.

Dunno, I think I'm developing somewhat weird views on this but I realise that it's different for everyone.
Precipitous120's avatar
Personally I edit using the following method.

step 1: write the non existent passage(create it)
step 2: read it over and try and make it smaller and more efficient(regarding experience, message, emotion)
step 3: Wait till your pages ahead, too far ahead to remember the work. Then read and edit again.
step 4: read the whole chapter again in a month, realise my mistake. :|
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Could you help me with some editing of my work?

I would love to edit yours(even though I've never seen itMSN Shifty-eyes )

Maybe we can enjoy editing through the fact that the terrible mistakes are not our own and the corrections to our work is done by some idiot that knows nothing about writing =)

I see I struggle to write common speech, when the battle is not on and the characters sit down to speak common... I always cringe at that, it's always so cheesy or feels so fake, like no one would ever say that! 

Writing has a air of professionalism to it, when ever we miss that mark... it hurts.

anyway... I'm sending a note regardless of your yes or no :PickingOn:  but maybe that's not a good idea
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FablePaintProfessional Filmographer
Thanks for the offer, but the folks I have editing my work and checking it over are both people I trust and folks with professional editing experience. When my work goes public though, I don't mind constructive crit. But for me, giving my work to someone to edit is a level of intimacy I don't allow to just anyone.
Precipitous120's avatar
but could you read my work?

I know it's bad, that's why I'm willing to share it
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FablePaintProfessional Filmographer
I wouldn't go into anything with anyone with the statement "it's bad, I suck." It's more up to other people to determine that. The moment you say "it sucks", that's what's going to be on their mind. It's often better to say nothing at all as to your opinion on the quality.
I'll give the thing you sent me a look in a bit. I can't edit it for you, but I can't provide some thought on how it flows and my general emotional impression. reading it as a reader.
Precipitous120's avatar
"It's all I've ever wanted."

that's for a cartoon by the way, but I feel it fits this scene best
minislip6's avatar
Step 1: Don't edit it
Step 2: Pretend everything's perfect
Step 3: Continue denying yourself
Step 4: read it again
Step 5: Cry.
FablePaint's avatar
FablePaintProfessional Filmographer
A certain amount of self-confidence and "I don't care if it's good or not" is required to start and keep going. But I actually find the editing process more relaxing than coming up with brand new stuff. Especially if you edit by basically rewriting the entire thing (transcribe what you have into a new document, edit along the way). Feels a lot more natural than going "i need to fix THIS paragraph now". Or at least less arbitrary. But that's my method. What's your's? 
minislip6's avatar
It's very easy for me to come up with new content. You could probably come up with a crazy list of specifications and I could come up with new content for you pretty quickly. I find the more difficult part being editing, as it makes me come to terms with the fact that what I'll write next will be cut down, and there are moments where I write something I thought was majestic, only to look back at it and cringe so hard the next house over feels it, and that hurts me the most. 

Ideas are easy. Execution is hard.

So How do I edit? Easy. Reread two hours later, scrap anything that doesn't make me laugh, feel sad, emotionally invest me, or give me further plot understanding, and reread it again twenty minutes later. If I like it, I'll keep it. If not, I'll try to find what's missing, and repeat the twenty minute wait and read. 

Heck, I got an idea while writing this: Sharks made of lasers: used as homing weapons. They would probably make the water around them hotter, and be maneuverable in water.
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RepplicaHobbyist Digital Artist
I know the feeling. XD
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RRedolfiProfessional
So true. Sooooo true.
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