If you’re feeling a little beat down…

So yesterday, I finished another level for my game. I’m pretty happy about it as it’s a good milestone to achieve. (I actually thought I finished it on Friday, but my roommate broke it in a run through on Saturday. So I fixed the issue Sunday and added the last little bit of polish on Monday.) Today however, I found myself in a spot that I don’t necessarily like being in… brainstorm day.

When I created my GDD, I intentionally left significant portions of it with little more than vague ideas. I did this because I figured my skills would evolve by the time I reached those stages and I’d have a more accurate idea of what I could pull off. Thus far, the strategy is working. But as I mentioned before, I have to do some brainstorming when I reach one of these vague areas.

To make a long story short(er), it can be frustrating trying to come up with new material… especially when nothing is actually coming up. I work solo and spend most days of the week by myself so I have no one to bounce ideas off of other than my dog. (These discussions are usually pretty one way) Eventually, I did come up with some plans that I could deem worthy and so I got to work on some 3D modeling.

About 6 hours later, I started to hit a wall, and this is actually what I really wanted to talk about. I was becoming sloppy and irritated. I was hitting the wrong hot keys, not happy with how my model was coming along, and having a harder time ignoring the pain in my hands. I was beginning to feel pretty bummed out but I think my dog picked up on this and came over and started nudging my elbow. I tried ignoring him but he was quite persistent. He’s a 140 lb mastiff so trying to get any work done while he’s throwing your arm around can be quite difficult.

Anyway, he usually walks me every morning to get the blood flowing but I figured I’d take him out this evening for a change. It ended up being a great decision. As I was walking, I realized that I had still made some good progress today and that I should be happy. I also called my sister who I haven’t spoken with in a while and was again happy to find myself smiling as I was talking to her. By the time I got home, I was feeling refreshed and relieved.

So anywho, the point of this story is that if you’re feeling like shit, take a break and clear your head out. It can do you a lot of good. Good luck and godspeed!

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