Writing a graphic novel

The first real step in the creative process of making a graphic novel is coming up with your idea. Your concept. You have to take all the brainstorming and inspiration and distill it into a solid idea that you can build from.
I like to brainstorm and write down a bunch of ideas, start sketching and see where it takes me.
Ill take little ideas and riff on them in the form of character sketches or scenes. Ill write out quotes that pop into my head or lines I think a key character would say.

It’s good to think of a working title and start using that as a label in your sketches and writings. A working title is not a permanent thing, it’s only a place holder and a device used to focus your ideas on, a sort of physical or visual focal point for your concept. The working title can change many times to adjust and fit your concept or maybe you will come to love it that title and it will encapsulate your idea completely and become your actual title.

I had this idea, a concept for a story, I pictured a few characters, kids, trapped in a dream world of some kind and going on strange adventures where anything could happen. While daydreaming about this concept I had this title pop into my head “Children of the Endless Dream” I began to doodle and eventually came up with some characters I found visually appealing and started to brainstorm ideas of who they were and what they did in this dream world.
This concept and title became the catalyst to begin working on a book.
Now I have to figure out how to evolve that idea and make it an actual story.

If you are lucky you may already have been hit with a concept idea while day dreaming or creativity struck and you now have an idea to flesh out.
Some times an idea just comes to you and in that case you now have to take that idea and give it structure, flesh it out and build upon it until you have a solid story, characters and developed concept to work with.
Once you arrive at this point you now get into the next stage of your project, the writing stage.

For writing I found a wonderful program called Scrivener.

Scrivener allows nonlinear writing. This means you can write individual scenes or ideas in the form or virtual folders or note cards. These note cards can be dragged and dropped in any location in the timeline of your story.

This works great for me because I like to jump around and rearrange as I write. There are also features in the software that let you hold and display artwork, backgrounds and character sketches. It’s a great tool and I recommend it to all writers.

More on the writing process soon.
I’m just starting to figure out plot, characters and other basic story telling aspects of my graphic novel. Ill elaborate as I go on. It’s a very exciting creative and challenging place to be in the process.



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