Because you aren't ready, but you're ready to try. Because there are steps to finally getting where you want to be. Because you gotta do your 10k due diligence.
I made thoughtballoons because I love to write and it seemed like it would be fun. I also created thoughtballoons because I wanted and needed the practise and I knew a cause would put me on the right track, different ideas would keep me interested, the one page length would make it feasible, a deadline would keep me honest, and the feedback would help.
And I was right.
I wrote at least one page of script a week from high action to quiet family moments, and I didn't miss a week for two whole years, and in that time I improved. Without a doubt, I improved. I got to see what worked with a captive audience, and what landed flat. I got to experiment, I got to consolidate, I got to write comics and do it purely as a learning exercise. No wasting an artist's time because I suck, no putting it into print when I wasn't ready. This is writing as training, this is what you need to do.
I loved those two years. I would not be where I am today without those two years. I miss those two years. Because writing for love of the game is the fun times. And slowing yourself down to learn the lessons is the important stuff.
- Ryan K. Lindsay