Hot dang, this is a good thread. What a way to start my day I'd like to add:
Meet yourself where you're at.
Its all to easy to get trapped in this mindset of 'I'm not ready, my art isn't good enough, i need to create more concept work, I don't know how to make comics' etc etc. It was keeping me from starting to draw comics at all, and realized I had to be okay with starting in what I felt was a bad place. So I picked a story that I hoped I could elevate as I improved, but was accessible to someone with limited time and drawing ability. I met myself where I was at, and I think its paid off. I mean, it got me to start drawing comics after years of pining. And when I have more time and energy, I can invest more in the backgrounds or light, I can revise thumbnails to be better, etc. But it also allows me to be okay with something being done, even if its not perfect.
The point of meeting yourself where youre at is to make the absolute best of your situation and resources, at every step of the way. Whether I am struggling or improving, its something to make sure I at least don't stop. Comics can be so grueling, you have to learn to be okay with work you feel is bad, and find ways to keep moving. Meeting myself where I'm at helps with both