Let’s face it.. it’s easy to get distracted.
Following through on your app ideas all the way to completion can be difficult, especially if someone isn’t looking over your shoulder.
I found this great article from Cliff Harris, developer of some excellent indie games providing some tips on how he keeps himself motivated when working on a project. While he’s not an iPhone or iPad developer the tips certainly apply.
Here’s 3 key ideas that I got out of it – that I personally feel would be helpful:
- Work on projects you actually like – not projects that are just meant to capitalize on something you have absolutely no interest in.
- Work on the cool stuff in the project early – special effects, graphics, stuff that actually can be inspiring to see and makes you think “this is going to be awesome” – Cliff picked up on this from Lionhead games.
- Keep a log of your work every day – I always try to get away from doing this myself, but when I do it really does help to stay motivated and efficient.
You can read all of Cliff’s ideas in his article:
How To Stay Motivated Whilst Programming A Game
This video below is from Cliff’s game “Gratuitous Space Battles” which he developed with a small team (looks too cool to be indie but it is – too bad it’s PC only.. great idea for an iPhone game). The game has incredibly cool graphics and I hope that you enjoy the eye candy.
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[Source: Cliff Harris]