My buddy/CCS classmate Luke Howard invited me to take part in the writing blog tour! Luke’s always got a ton of cool projects in various anthologies, including Maple Key, which I’m a part of, too!
Here are the writing-related questions:
1) What am I working on?
I just finished a 200-something page manuscript of a young adult graphic novel for a book proposal contest that CCS is holding this summer. The contest required a thumbnailed draft of the entire book, so that ruled my life for a few solid months. I’m sitting on that for a while now that it’s completed. I’m also working on the final half of The Face in the Cloud, my serialized story appearing in Maple Key Comics. The first 3 chapters out of 6 are completed! The rest are outlined, so I’ll be working on scripting and drawing those soon.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
It’s always hard to look at your work objectively in comparison to others! But one word that gets used a lot to describe my work is “whimsical,” which is fair. I like to add a little dash of magic.
3) Why do I write what I do?
Whatever I write is a way of working out some sort of experience or emotion that I’ve had in the past. Sometimes the connection between that experience and the story is not apparent to me until much later.
4) How does your writing process work?
I start with a written outline of the story that I break down into scenes. Then each scene is broken down into pages and thumbnailed. This phase involes a lot of aimless staring into space. I don’t do a lot of scene description in the writing because I like to leave the staging for the thumbnailing process; I think it adds spontaneity to the page.
Above, I’ve included one of my favorite sequences from the manuscript I turned in for the contest. The dialogue is tweaked every time I revisit a scene; I’m sure it’ll change again when I draw the pages for real. I’ve tagged cartoonists April Malig and Romey Bensen to continue the tour! April writes everything from magical girl soap operas to what could be described as visual poems. I loved seeing her stories come together in the CCS studio. Romey is my partner in crime and wrote Spiderella, which we are working on together! Stay tuned for their posts next week.
Luke’s blog: http://www.andsothen.com/
April’s blog: http://aprilmalig.com/
Romey’s blog: http://mybiblicaldaydreams.tumblr.com/