I've been working on the same comic for the past year, for the first time writing and drawing alone. I'm finishing the first story arc right now, and planned two more years of work (read: three volumes). I'm aware I get tired of stuff kinda easily, so it isn't a surprise that I don't feel involved in the story and characters anymore - it's usually just a phase. I need to shift focusing on something else, or I just keep drawing without a soul. While pondering on this situation, I realized I saved too much time for the comic alone this year, and that I wasn't doing anything beside working and drawing, drawing and working (and a lil' bit of social life, of course, but most of my friends are artists so that's what we mostly talk about). I immediately signed up for a couple of courses that has nothing to do with comics, and I feel reenergized at the sole idea that I'm gonna learn something new, and meet people with different paths and all. The question is: how do you balance between the awful amount of time a comic requires, and the time needed to live life and get inspired? Do you just need to follow artists online, or read other comics, or do you need to do something else too, to be creative? I'm asking expecially to those of you who do not make a living out of comics, because the day job is one big part of the day that goes by without helping on the creative side.