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Creating Comics

Anonymous asked: How does one write for a webcomic or a comic in general?

This is a loaded question. Comics combine visual art and the written word to create something unique, and it’s very difficult to give tips on how to make art of this kind without being a comics creator myself.

With those facts firmly in mind, here are my general bits of advice about learning to create comics. 

  • Read comics. Read graphic novels and Sunday paper strips and webcomics. Just as reading other writers’ work can improve a writer’s style and understanding of the art, so too can reading other comics improve a comics creator’s style and understanding. 
  • Read The Comic Books series by Scott McCloud. The books are Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, Reinventing Comics: How Imagination and Technology Are Revolutionizing an Art Form, and Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels
    Understanding Comics really helped me take a closer look at the way I read comics, their function and method and form. It is an interesting, fun, easy-to-read book that is crammed with great tips for comics creators.
    SweaterKittensAhoy also suggested Comics and Sequential Art by Will Eisner, adding that it “does a great job of explaining the same concepts that McCloud covers in a much more practical tone.”
  • Study fine art, good writing, and pop culture. Study fine art to get a grounding in the style and composition. Study good writing to find examples of story structure and the importance word choice. Study pop culture to understand what and how people consume the art around them. From music to advertisement to movies, videos, and memes on the internet, tapping in to pop culture will help you find topics to write about and a niche to nestle into.
    My strategy has always been to find the story that needs to be told to your generation and hold yourself responsible to tell it. After all, only you know what that story is and what it can be. Go and share it with the world. 

So, how do you learn to create comics and webcomics? To quote my favorite line in the Bleeding Cool series (see below), “You teach yourself. You find a way to put in however much time and effort is necessary to gain whatever you need to gain.” (x)

Here are a few great resources on creating comics:

Thank you for your question! If you have any other writing-related questions or any comments about this post, hit us up!

If anyone is a comics creator and would like to chime in here, we’d love to include your thoughts! Submit  or message us, and we will add your advice to this post!

-C

Some Academic Writing Tips

Introductions:

  • Don’t start your introductory paragraph with something like: “In modern society today…” It’s redundant and overused.
  • Don’t start out with a quote. Yes, you need a hook, but don’t use the petty devices you learned in grammar school. High school teachers and college professors are sick of reading your favorite quote and your analysis of it because it kinda, sorta relates to the topic of your essay.
  • Put your thesis at the end. The thesis does not have to be one sentence, but it’s best to keep it concise. If you have trouble writing a thesis, here is a simple template: [Insert argument] because [insert first reason], [insert second reason], and [insert third reason]. The amount of reasons you have will correlate to the number of body paragraphs you have.
  • Your thesis is an argument, not a fact. You need to prove it throughout your essay.
  • When writing about a literary work, include the author, title, and genre. If you can, add the plot: In Ernest Hemingway’s short story “Hills Like White Elephants”, two characters discuss abortion.
  • Here’s another example of a thesis for “Their Eyes Were Watching God”: Janie discovers several aspects of her identity through nature, her voice, and her relationships with other people.

Body paragraphs:

  • Your topic sentence is an argument. You have to prove that argument within that paragraph.
  • When using quotes, try to weave them in to your sentences. There is an example if you’re trying to prove the behavior of a certain character: Daisy’s voice is “full of money” (insert source) because [insert your analysis, interpretation, etc.). Weaving quotes in your writing makes for a better flow.
  • When writing a four paragraph essay, it is okay to add a fifth paragraph between body paragraphs 1 and 2 to act as a transition.
  • This actually goes for all paragraphs: They don’t have to be five to seven paragraphs (unless your teacher requires it). They can be longer. Use as much space as you need to get your point across, but do try to keep your points concise.
  • Don’t just throw in a quote. You have to explain why it helps your argument. You have to relate it back to the main idea.

Conclusions:

  • Don’t start with: “In conclusion…” Whoever is reading will now it’s the conclusion if it’s the last paragraph or the last sentence. You don’t need to remind your reader that they are reading the end.
  • Restate the thesis. If you thesis was one sentence, you can open this to more sentences by using one point in each sentence. Refer back to examples you used in the text, but you don’t have to use quotes again. Just refer back to your main points.
  • Don’t drag on and on. Conclude your points and end your argument.

Works Cited:

  • If you only have one source, you should label this page WORK CITED. If you have more than one source, it should be WORKS CITED. You wouldn’t believe how many people don’t know this.
  • Sources should be listed alphabetically by last name.
  • This page should be double spaced and each source should use a .5 hanging indent.
  • Do not add extra spaces between sources.

Formatting:

  • Always check with your teacher for formatting rules, but here are some guidelines if you are unsure:
  • In the heading, write: You Last Name/Keyword/Page Number in the upper right hand corner. Check “different first page” when doing this because you’ll have a general heading on the first page (whatever your teacher prefers). These other headings are only there in case your papers get lost and mixed up. This way, you or someone else can match them up.
  • Make sure all margins are 1 inch on all sides.
  • Use a readable twelve-point font and double space the document.
  • The Work Cited page should have its own page.
  • The keyword in the heading can be the title if the title is short. If it is not, then just use a keyword for your paper.
  • Titles should be centered. They should not be bold or underlined.
  • Short stories should be in parentheses. Don’t use any fancy fonts. Make sure it encompasses the main idea of your essay.
  • Some of the stricter teachers can tell when you italicize a period or make it larger. Don’t do this. Be very careful when italicizing, especially in MLA format.
Podcasts, Videos, and Books for Screenwriters from Syd Field and Others

Syd Field is one of my © favorite screenwriting gurus. For those of you looking for some guidance with your screenplays, check out these references from one of American’s foremost screenwriting authorities!

Podcasts:

Videos:

Books:

I think we can all agree that Syd Field is pretty great, but he isn’t the final word in screenwriting. Take a look at these bonus videos to learn more about the craft and industry of screenwriting!

Don’t make me into one of your regrets.
My heart is not a shark tank, my heart
is not waiting to eat you alive, my heart
wants to stay up all night with you and
listen to yours tell all the stories when
you felt more alone than anything and
I want to tell you that you are more
than enough by kissing your elbows,
your collar bones, every rung of your ribs.
I want to trace your spine with fingertips
of acceptance, fuck you with forgiveness,
and give you a new place to hide. Your body
isn’t big enough to fit you, but mine could be
if only you’d let my love be the thing
that shelters you through the night.
I know how to love your sharp ends.
—  Moriah Pearson (mooneyedandglowing)
On Writing Musicals

cincocosas said: Hi, do you have any advice for writing a musical play? Thanks

I confess that I am not very knowledgeable on this topic. Though I’ve written songs and plays, I have never written a musical, and so I cannot offer you any advice from firsthand experience. Bearing that in mind, I have five tidbits of very general advice and a bunch of links for you! 

  1. Read Musicals. I feel like the fact that you ought to watch musicals should go without saying, but you should also read them. The Book (a.k.a. the Libretto) contains the stage directions, dialogue, song lyrics, etc. for a musical, and you should read as many as you can get your hot little hands on. Just as a novel writer should read novels, a writer of musicals should read (and watch) musicals. 
  2. Practice dialogue. Get really good at characterization and plot development through dialogue. You’re not going to have the luxury of narration in a theater setting, so learn the art of storytelling through the voices of your characters. 

    Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother had big eyes.

    becomes

    LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD. My, what big eyes you have!

    We’ve got a whole tag devoted to dialogue. You may find some useful posts there. 
  3. Get a partner. It’s great to have someone to talk to about ideas and to help develop your story. Also, writing duets and ensemble pieces becomes much easier with another person around. 
  4. Learn to read and write sheet music. Hopefully you play an instrument like the piano—knowing how to play an instrument will make writing a musical so, so much easier—but not everyone can read and write sheet music. You can learn using resources like this one
  5. I also recommend that you choose a format for your playwriting and stick to it. That will speed up editing and simplify things when you have to refer back to different parts of the musical as you write. Trust me. A single, consistent format is super helpful.  

Articles

Books

Maybe some fellow writers will comment on this post with their advice on writing a musical! Would anyone be willing to share their musical-writing expertise with us?

  • yonder-window said: As to musicals, one of the most important things is that there must be a damn good reason the characters sing. Songs have to go to places the dialogue doesnt, they can’t rehash anything that was spoken. They have to build past speaking emotionally.

Thank you for your question! 

-C

Hey guys! First real post, but this is a support blog for people who want to know theory but just can’t read the darn stuff!
I can offer two types of plain text

1) I re-write the entire post with emphasis. I try to make it understandable where pauses are, and how the speaker might use intonation as they speak.

2) I’ll delve into the theory that has been placed before myself, 

delve; to study. I’ll study the theory

and using my own knowledge and extra research as I would not want anything to get lost in translation

I’ll study the theory to understand what the writer is saying

I would inscribe in a more transparent style that divulges what the author is attempting to disclose.

I write a simpler version that explains the theory

The first method is preferred. The second one leaves a lot of room for error unless I am well versed on the topic. Gender roles, trans identities, racism, are all topics I feel I can translate with ease. Topics like the economy or how the government works, not so much.

I am going to put into plain-text theory as I find it, but if you’re having problems with a specific post, either tag me in it or send it to me! All plain text translations from here on out will also be sent to the OP to check that what I have done matches what they were trying to say.

Thanks, have fun reading your theory!

Formatting Text on the Dashboard

Since all my themes have customizations based upon text formats I’ve decided to make a post about how to format the text in that way.

Bold: This is very easy. Type, select the text, and click “B” in the pop-up menu. (the far left option.)

Italic: Like bold, type, select the text, but click the second option, “I” in the pop-up.

Small: This is a tiny bit more difficult. Its a keyboard short-cut. Type, select the text, and click “control” “shift” and “-” all at the same time. (the last symbol, the “-“ is the minus sign.)

To format like this
and not have spaces between paragraphs
hold down “shift” when you click “enter“

To type like this
       and have spaces
              follow the instructions above for
      unspaced paragraphs
         and use the space bar to format
     Do not use the Tab button

Now for some alt tags (these are my favorites, check the link for more). Alt tags are created when you hold down the alt key and type a number.

← “1051“

▌“1501″

→ “26“

♥ “3″

« “174″

» “175

─ “196″

▬ “22″

I get intimidated by open starters that are specially formatted. I worry those roleplayers will look down on me because I don’t do those fancy coding things with my replies. And that style is particularly popular among certain fandoms, I’ve found. So I basically feel like I can’t roleplay with anyone from that genre. 

data.grammarbook.com
Writing Dates and Times

by grammarbook

Rule: The following examples apply when using dates:

The meeting is scheduled for June 30.
The meeting is scheduled for the 30th of June.
We have had tricks played on us on April 1.
The 1st of April puts some people on edge. (Some prefer to write it out: The first of April)

Rule: There are differing policies for expressing decades using numerals. Some write the 1980s and the ’80s, others write the 1980′s and the 80′s. However, using two apostrophes (the ’80′s) is awkward and is not recommended.

Correct:
During the ’80s, the world’s economy grew.
During the 1980s, the world’s economy grew.
During the 1980′s, the world’s economy grew.

Not Advised:
During the ’80′s, the world’s economy grew.

Rule: Some writers spell out the time of day, others prefer numbers.

Example: She gets up at four thirty before the baby wakes up.
Example: The baby wakes up at 5 o’clock in the morning.

Rule: Some use numerals with the time of day when exact times are being emphasized.

Example: Her flight leaves at 6:22 a.m.
Example: Please arrive by 12:30 p.m. sharp.

Rule: It is clearer to use noon and midnight rather than 12:00 p.m. or 12:00 a.m.

Note: You may use AM and PM, A.M. and P.M., am and pm, or a.m. and p.m.
Some put a space after the numeral, others do not.

Example: Her flight leaves at 6:22 a.m.
Example: Her flight leaves at 6:22am.
Example: Please arrive by 12:30 P.M. sharp.

temarifire said to writersyoga:

What is the format for a novel manuscript?

Small things may change according to what an agent/publisher wants, but as a general rule

→ Use a 1″ margin on all sides
→ Use a title page
→ Don’t number the title page. Begin numbering with the first page of the text of the book, usually the introduction, prologue, or chapter one.
→ Use a header on each page, including your name, the title of your novel in all caps, and the page number.
→ Start each new chapter on its own page, one-third of the way down the page.
→ The chapter number and chapter title should be in all caps, separated by two hyphens: CHAPTER 1—THE BODY.
→ Begin the body of the chapter four to six lines below the chapter title.
→ Indent fives spaces for each new paragraph.
→ Double-space the entire text.
→ Use a standard font, 12-point type. Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier is fine.
→ Use 20-lb. bond paper.

(source)

Also, if you’re printing physical copies, only print on one side of the paper (but nobody wants paper manuscripts anymore so you’re probably fine). 

Hope that helps!

- Sam

People really need to learn that there is no right or wrong way to run an RP blog. It’s a matter of tastes and preferences. You don’t like somebody’s style? Don’t interact with them. But don’t dare bash them or act like they’re doing things incorrectly because they’re not doing them to your liking. The MLA handbook doesn’t say a damn thing about roleplay format.

The signs when someone is trying to electrocute them
  • Aries:*grows hulk arms, grows 10x their size* bITCH DO THAT ONE MORE TIME AND WATCH WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR WHITE PASTY ASS
  • Taurus:The art of.. OW! being electrocuted is.. OUCH... quite.. Owww..
  • Gemini:(: sweetie, honey, darling.. Keep on doing that and you'll regret it :)
  • Cancer:*giggles loudly* Stop it-- that tickles! *loud purring noises*
  • Leo:YEAH MAN! BRING. IT. ON!!
  • Virgo:Ugh, look at my hair! Its such a disgrace! I'm going to have to go to the salon again?!
  • Libra:://.. Just get it over with..
  • Scorpio:Ohhh FUCK YEAH! Turn UP THE VELOCITY! FUCK THAT FEELS GOOD OHHH FUCK.
  • Sagittarius:Again, again!! *Manical crazy laughter*
  • Capricorn:*sighs loudly* Look, I'm late for my appointment. Why did you even kidnap me anyways to do this? Look! Now my business suit is ruined! That was NOT cheap!
  • Aquarius:sweetie, you are literally so out of line it’s fucking unbelievable. i could drag you so hard right now but i know you’ll just end up crying. i’ve roasted you before and you know it. chances are you’ll just say i bullied you because you’re gay and have different skin. talk shit get hit, you don’t wanna mess with me kiddo; i’ve got a black belt. i know threats are fucked up but that’s all i’ve been receiving all day, probably from her royal hoodrat olive and all of her nasty friends. but you can gang up on me and make fun of me for being goth all you want. i’ve been hurt a lot. my first boyfriend cheated on me, my dad screams if i forget to do my chores, and there are some days i don’t even want to get out of bed in the mornings. i’m a jaded teenage girl. i’ve been through shit that you wouldn’t even dream of. you think your life is hard? try asking the cutest guy in your grade out in the middle of the cafeteria only to find out he has a fucking girlfriend. you don’t know my life or my story so keep my name out of your nasty mouth. life is a battlefield and it looks like i’ve already won.
  • Pisces:*Gives You the death stare, grinds teeth while being drastically tortured
  • Originally posted by @nonbinaryduck but the formatting got all kinds of fucked up so I fixed it.