It’s always important to keep a sense of perspective. Not just in your stories, but in your life. Today I went to the grocery store to pick up some batteries. I felt like I was having a bad day in general. Was rather unproductive and just had my mind on the negative side of things. The guy who rang me up at the store, just in the way he walked up to the register, sounded so frustrated that it made me reconsider my entire day. It probably sounds weird, but I just thought about my entire ‘situation’ and compared it to his and then what might have been going on around him. The people at the other registers, the other customers too.
While it’s dangerous to compare yourself to others (especially when comparing artistic ability) I think keeping an open mind and maintaining a solid sense of perspective is important to keeping sane. And just as important in making a good story.
Thankfully I always feel like I should be working harder/more by the end of these funks. But then I get to thinking about how little I get done with all the free time I have and the cycle continues.
Anyway, here are some useful perspective hand-outs by artist Paul Felix .
(tilt your head to the side for this last one)