It’s a solitary life as a writer, which for me is one of the perks, but knowing where to turn to for that extra support when times are tough is vital.
I thought it might be useful for other writers to have a resource of information on where this support can be found, and so have created a section on my website dedicated to this. Writers can find details of some UK-based organisations I regularly engage with or can recommend from experience.
A short video explaining what I have learned so far about utilising the possibilities of graphic fiction to greatest effect. Much of this I have learned through Alan Moore’s book “Writing for Comics” – a key text in understanding how to write scripts for graphic fiction, sequential art, and comics.
It is vital to recognise the strengths of the medium for which you are writing, whatever the craft, and Graphic Fiction is no exception. It cannot be compared directly to other mediums and should be treated as a literary craft in its own right.
In week 5 of my residency here at the National Trust’s Scotney Castle in Kent, I took a walk out with the Head Gardener and learned a huge amount about the gardens. They stretch out from the new manor house to surround the old ruined castle and moat, creating a picturesque landscape. I found some very unusual features and details that will really improve the story-world I am creating for the graphic fiction scripts.
In terms of the writing itself, I am now on script 4 of 5 and am beginning to experiement with more sophisticated narrative structures. It is important to recognise the strengths of the medium for which you are writing, and so with this in mind I am making sure I give extra attention to devices of graphic fiction such as mirrored pages and left-hand page reveals.
More advice given to me by my mentor, Karrie Fransman, for writers looking to transfer their skills to Graphic Fiction from other mediums.
The script should inspire the artists with the strength of the story and ideas, whilst not going as far as telling them HOW to draw the panels. The artists will be much more excited about the project if they can explore their creative vision too. This will result in a better finished piece.