Drawing a comic every day can be tricky, so I’ve got a few different tricks that I use for dealing with writer’s block…
1. Take a break.
When I have trouble coming up with ideas, I find that the best thing to do is to stop trying to come up with ideas. I take a break and do something that occupies my brain with some other task. TV and video game breaks don’t seem to help me. It works better if I go for a walk or do a sudoku/crossword puzzle. Something that isn’t creative but keeps my mind going. Quite often, I’ll get an idea after just a few minutes of not trying to get an idea!
2. Random words.
Another thing that I use to get out of writer’s block: random word exercises. I’ll use one of those online random word generators, or maybe even just click the Random button on my own website, and then brainstorm about a word for five minutes to see if anything funny shows up. Sometimes I scribble drawings and ideas associated with the word. Sometimes I’ll draw a mindmap around the word. If nothing happens after five minutes, I’ll generate another word and try again. Sometimes two random words is better, because a lot of funny ideas come from bringing two random things together.
Just start drawing. Don’t let your pen stop moving for five minutes. Fill a sketchbook page. See what happens! Long ago, before Savage Chickens, I would deal with writer’s block by drawing a page full of chickens. Chicken after chicken after chicken, and you start to zone out and that’s when the ideas crop up.