Setting Up – Welcome to Fall!

Hey everyone!

Been a while, plenty to say and plenty to do. Fall is here already, and comic-con is fast approaching and I’m uh- pretty terrified! I have to keep reminding myself that this is going to be more like a pre-test run. I won’t have all the art I want, I won’t have a copy of Vera, but I will see what it’s like.

So what’s been going on? Since my last post, I have started up school again, working on commissions and been a busy bee dragged from left to right.

Over summer, and even now, I have been listening to the writing excuses podcast, but also this series by Brandon Sanderson. Taking notes where I can.

The most key notes I took so far:

  1. To find out what the books you like aren’t doing, and the things you wish they were. Although hearing this, it becomes clear to me that I need to read more and I have since joined my University’s reading experience club.
  2. When tackling outlining, or just going straight into the story. Just going for it can be particularly useful, if you have never done it before. Sanderson talks about ‘Outliners’ having the trap of falling into a hole where they do not start their story until it is perfect in there heads. This is something, I have definitely done before, and personally, I may still be there to some extent. Which made the next point so important.
  3. It is not dangerous to change your outline. It’s a changing skeleton, and that is okay.
  4. The last notable point I got to, was to forget about starting with a bang, but to start with a hook. It doesn’t need to be action, but it does need to peak some curiosity. The hook needs to be something that introduces your story in a concise way and ‘makes a promise’ to the reader, that there’s going to be something real good happening. One way to do this is to start your story with someone who wants something really badly.
  5. There were also other points, such as using contrasting stereotypes, having a character that takes action, and making use of a dossier list and/or character monologue.

Outside of the playlist, I made an effort to watch films that inspire me, especially the Prince of Egypt. From these films, it was clear that the transition through the heroes journey was and is a lot more seamless than the previous version of Vera’s story.  I spent time again on Khan Academy/Pixar’s The Art of Storytelling course, and I have since been trying to cut Vera down and understand her more as a character.

When it was still summer, I did some research for Vera, but since starting up University again, it is possible that the Vera story you’re familiar with will take a different route. The benefit here, is getting advice from not only Beta Readers, but also professionals giving critical insight and forcing me to adhere to strict quality standards and deadlines. Excited with what I have, not sure I’m ready to share visuals on here yet, but if you’re too curious I will be posting occasionally on my Instagram story!

After story, my next hurdle will be really tackling cinematography within comics.

Extras

Although I have not personally read through it, I did think this was a great comic creating resource being compiled, but an individual going through his or her’s own comicking journey.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uU88rvvuLglSilok2pGVzNJ-GkUYjvrcpoyvYPAz0xE/edit

That’s all from me today, see you around.

-Elm

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