Remember why you liked comics in the first place?
Our Comics Empower Project continues!
This time, Steven tells his story:
While I count myself lucky to be surrounded by friends —yes, they really do exist— and family that support my creative endeavors, my decision to break into the comic book industry as a writer still isn’t without encountering doubtful sentiment, typically varying from the condescending “oh, that’s nice” and proverbial hair-tousling to the sterner (and more aggravatingly common) “you know being a writer isn’t easy, right?”
Of course it’s hard! Everything about life is hard.
The fact we evolved from a fish that put all its chips on the table to venture onto the land was probably the hardest thing we’ve ever done, and yet here we are. Here I am, using my dextrous, simian-born digits to write the words you’re reading right now.
But for even the most dedicated up-and-coming scribe, the strain of making sacrifices for creativity’s sake can take a mental and physical toll. I’d be lying if I didn’t say there were times when I actually questioned my chosen path.
It was in these moments, inhibited by uncertainty and dwindling confidence in my abilities that I looked to my heroes for inspiration. And I’m not talking about the Justice League or the Avengers here—I mean the creative men and women who worked tirelessly (and sometimes at great risk) to bring our favorite characters to life.
Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Scott Snyder—these writers and many more are the ones I turn to for inspiration and the drive to keep going, their work encouraging me to tell the best story possible, never settling for contrived storylines or lazy deus ex machina out of fear of being deemed outlandish or impossible.
Moreover, many, many moons ago, they started out where I and many of us are right now: sitting at their desk and refining a raw idea until it’s ready for that life-changing pitch.
So I’m going to be like my aquatic forefathers, marching one step at a time toward a new frontier, reminding myself that my favorite writers endured the same struggles and setbacks. And once I’m where I want to be, it will all be worth it in the end.
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