Jonathan Hickman (East of West, The Nightly News, Pax Romana, Red Wing, and so many others). Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy). Steven Moffat (Doctor Who). George Lucas (Star Wars). Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics, Zot!, The Sculptor). These names and others alone make me want to write. I’ve seen what they’ve accomplished and have personally felt the emotional and creative impact of their creations. What if I could write and create like them? What if I could make people feel what I feel from a masterfully told story? That’s where the inspiration hits me.

Granted, I’ll never be as good as these talented scribes and creators, but I want to try; I want my writing and creativity to be always evolving and getting better and faster. These men have injected that creative spark in my life and since I can’t turn it off, I want to set it off and burn for the untold stories that await in the future, starting with SEASONS.

If you’re reading this, maybe you want to be a creator as well. My advice is to take time out of your day and work on what you believe in. Do this consistently and you’ll have something. You’ll fight yourself daily, you’ll give up here and there, you’ll doubt yourself, you’ll procrastinate – yes, this will happen, but don’t let these paralyzing arms hold you back from making what you believe in. And that’s right, you have to believe in what you’re making. If you don’t, then why do it in the first place? It’s hard work, but it will mean something, which outweighs any annoyance or inconvenience. Do the work, and there will be work to show.

If all else fails, read a comic book, watch a film, listen to a song, or play a video game by a creator and artist that inspires you, and this will make you want to create again. Study what you love. This works for me, at least, so maybe it will work for you, too.

Just think, “If I could write/create like…”

~ N. Fox