Creation Myths

| September 30, 2014

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There are a lot of them. Most of them revolve around the myth that “creation is easy.”

It’s worse than a lie. It’s a trick, because people then think that they can do it without any kind of cost or consequence. This leads people to flock to creative endeavors, only for the bulk of them to “fail” when they realize that creating is a challenge. (And by “fail”, I mean “quit.”)

Creating something is a difficult process. I’m not even talking about bringing a book to market. I’m talking about creating a quality story with rich characters and history that will draw in readers, and then finding a team that is both qualified and able to bring that story to life. All of that needs to happen before you can bring a book to market.

All of that is part of creation.

Most people have no clue as to how difficult it is to create something. They’re consumers, and that’s totally okay. They don’t need to have a clue as to how difficult it is. But at the same time, we shouldn’t downplay the effort that goes into creating a book.

Creation is difficult. That’s when it’s done right. Creation is the most worthwhile thing you can do (and that goes for creating anything and everything: children, art, a table, a meal…), and it will always require a considerable amount of effort.


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Steven is an editor/writer with such credits as Fallen Justice, the award nominated The Standard, and Bullet Time under his belt, as well as work published by DC Comics. Between he and his wife, there are 10 kids (!), so there is a lot of creativity all around him. Steven is also the editor in chief and co-creator of ComixTribe, whose mission statement is Creators Helping Creators Make Better Comics. If you're looking for editing, contact him at for rate inquiries.

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