A revealing post from Pete Abrams about his writers block on the front page of Sluggy Freelance this morning:
Writers-block sucks! I’ve been able to avoid it pretty well for the last 7.5 years, but I might be falling into a serious one!
Now before any of you send me e-mail sending me a story concept or two, please don’t. First off, I don’t read ’em. Secondly, my e-mail’s still down. Lastly, I don’t need concepts. That’s not where the block lies! I have the stories and character development path down. It’s more along the line of finding a way to thread together events and thingies in humorous ways. And on the nights it occurs it blocks all strip production and results in long wasted days and horrible rushed artwork that screws up precision of expression and gesture. There have been a couple such comics since returning after the holidays, but a perfect example of this is Monday’s(1/17) comic.
End of Sunday: “Torg why don’t you trust us?” Next panel Torg ignores her and says “I’ll save the house, I have a plan.” Then on Monday’s comic I tackle the trust-issue insisted of the plan-issue. That effected the rhythm like a brick wall and hurt the humor of the strip. Throw in the rushed art and you have me going “All right, you Writer’s Block! You’ve gone too far!”
Interestingly, Abrams goes on to discuss a reader’s suggestions on how to improve Sunday’s comic and states that he will swap the last two panels to improve the rhythm of that strip.