The first mistake that I made as an aspiring webtoon artist was never starting because I was afraid I would mess up.
Mistakes are meant to be made because they help us learn and grown. If I never made any mistakes then am I truly learning and growing?
I don’t think mistakes are something to be afraid of but I do know that my fear of making mistakes has kept me stuck.
My advice to past, current and future me is never to be afraid of mistakes. It’s okay to allow myself to make mistakes because mistakes help me to grow and learn.
Seeking Outward Validation:
My next webtoon mistake that I made and still kind of slip up and make now is seeking the validation from others to start my webtoon idea.
Now everything should be taken with a grain of salt because what I say might not apply to every situation.
With the situation that I’m in right now being a self-published author and currently curating and publishing my own work; my main focus or priority is my own inner validation.
Even if I’m afraid that the story idea that I have might be cliche or already done I don’t have to go out to seek others validation on it to give myself permission to draw it.
Why can’t my own validation be enough? I know that field research and statistics are important when it comes to business but right now I’m creating stories for fun.
So my next webtoon mistake that I’m still learning is to stop seeking validations from outward sources and give my own self permission and validation to do what makes me happy and create the stories that I love.
Getting Caught up in Instant Gratification:
Now this one was a big one that I had to learn. Now again this might not apply to everyone but for me I personally like to have a buffer of webtoon episodes so that I can stay consistent with my updates.
With that being said the mistake that I made in the past was that I would get so excited to see what others thought of the episodes that I drew because I wanted that instant gratification and I’d post all that I had back to back.
Why this is a problem for me personally is because when life hit me hard and I didn’t have any time or energy to work on any webtoon episodes I didn’t have a buffer to fall back on.
This ended up causing my updates to become inconsistent because I was now drawing and posting back to back. I personally don’t like this way of drawing webtoons.
It was through this mistake of publishing everything all at once and running up by buffer that I learned what kind of update style fits best for me and my lifestyle.
Do any of y’all struggle with this too? I’m getting better at it but boy is it tricky sometimes.
Platforms Build Platforms:
My final webtoon mistake that I want to share today is that I never really utilized other platforms to help promote and build each other up.
I stumbled upon an addicting platform and have been loving it so far and it’s called tiktok. I wrote and article about how artist can use tiktok and I can’t recommend it enough for everyone to try out!
I don’t want to go too much into detail because I’m still trying a few things out but I made a few videos on there and within 1 day I ended up with a little over 1,000 new subscribers for my webtoon series in webtoon canva.
Mind you I’ve been updating my webtoon once a month there and usually their algorithm seems to favor the more weekly updates.
So I was getting subscribers at a small rate but omg when I started sharing my comic on other platforms….like I’m seriously shocked how true that that saying platforms build platforms is!
I’m still testing it out but so far people are finding my site and my page views are going up so I’m happy because my webtoon is being shared for others to see.
What should you do next?
If you have any more questions feel free to leave a comment down below and I’d be happy to answer them!
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