Yeah, I think that's a little bit. I know when I was younger and first starting out I did watch a lot of Nostalgia Critic and similar comedic videos taking down entertainingly bad media, and yes, they were amusing and did help teach me how not to write a story, but it also made a bit self conscious about my own work as well in hindsight. Mostly a feeling of "I gotta avoid these flaws so people would like my stuff universally" not just regarding "So bad it's good" stuff, but just watching reviews of things like games and movies among other things in general even if the reviews were mostly positive with only one or two minor flaws. Thankfully, I've mostly grown out of that "Cringe bad media takedown" phase, but I feel that the self consciousness still kinda sticks around in the back it feels.
Yeah, that's something I should probably keep in mind as well. "Finished, not perfect" is a common saying. To paraphrase another writing friend on Reddit i have, "Forget what that stoner green frog jerk Yoda said, at the end of the day all you can do is try."
Yeah, got a point there... I tend to fret a lot about things that are out of my control/unlikely to happen. Blame it on my anxiety I guess... Also, it's not like my art can grow and change as well. I mean, look at how my first comic Edible Green Tea evolved in terms of art or even how other comics have radically overhauled/improved their art style over the course of their runs (NathanKmcwilliams' comic Dragon Sparking comes to mind in terms of that given how it switched from Pixel Art, to hand drawn full color, to black and white manga style over the course of its run.)
Yeah, I've been debating on just kinda "Pantsing it" for a bit. I know that I do have a general rough idea of my plot. Probably should just finish writing that down, design the character, get a general idea for the world map and a few other things, and then just go for it. I know I'm planning making Tales a bit more "Straightforward" for the most part as well compared to the Dragoons also, so that'll help. (Thank you James Campbell for providing us with the Monomyth, I will be borrowing from it heavily for this one.) Probably should stop fretting over how meticulous i plan it and making sure everything is "on point" so i can just go for it. Maybe feel more free to just "write whatever" and go back and refine it later as opposed to this general feeling of my first idea needs to be the one I go with and thus must be the best.
Dang, sorry that happened. It looked pretty cool. (Amusing coincidence, considering the Dragoons started life as a video game idea I had.)
That's a pretty good way of thinking about things. I tend to get distracted a lot with side things mostly due to this desire to have a "Big" universe that I can tell endless stories in due to my love of shared universe stuff like Kamen Rider and the MCU among other things. I know I'm purposefully aiming for Tales to be the "Anti-Dragoons" in terms of stuff and I'm trying to aim for a relatively simple story as well with not that many diversions or characters as opposed to the sprawling Shonen battle manga casts and arcs my other projects have had in the past. So that's probably a good thing both in terms of learning how to keep things slim and trim and have a good cohesive plot and world. To quote Brookes Eggleston (an art youtuber I really like) "What's better? a Whole lot of mediocre pizza/story? or a small bit of really good pizza/story?"
(Amusingly enough, I recently played Deltarune and it reminded me a lot of how I'd probably do an EGT video game.)
Yeah, that's something I've been thinking about as well. Those people were the exception rather than the rule, and that's something I gotta keep in mind in general. Because not everyone's gonna make it big, and that's fine. (Coincidentally, I was planning on possibly entering animation school soon as well.)
Thank you. That's the me I want as well. I tired of just being anxious and fretting over everything to the point of migraines. I'm tired of second guessing every little thing because I'm worried some random schmoe on the internet would meme on some small flaw in my work on their random corner of the internet. I just wanna be free of that anxiety and move on to good things and growing as a person. Thankfully, it seems I might finally be taking steps in that direction with my newer projects as well. So here's hoping I can continue that climb.