Moving Right Along

Hi y’all. I finally broke the 20 page barrier. I’m currently sitting on 22 pages. My goal is to complete 10 pages every week. I don’t want to be too much of a page counter but I think it is good to set weekly goals. I’ve been trying to get up at 5 am and write but long work days like yesterday’s 15 hours definitely prevents that from happening. The book is going alright. I’m gaining confidence in what I’m doing but it  doesn’t come easy. I’ve decided that the book will be in non-chronilogical order because, firstly, I think it is more interesting that way, and second of all, it is easier. Today I plan on making a rough layout of the first 5 to 10 pages. I might post that next week so stay tuned in! Thanks for reading!

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Writing is hard.

Hey folks. I really don’t have much to report on the book, unfortunately. I’m only to 14 pages and I’m starting to doubt myself that I can even write something that someone would want to read. I’m beginning to wonder if my life is worth writing about. ha-ha! I basically set-up little vignettes that never really go anywhere plot wise. This book doesn’t even have a plot really. I don’t know, maybe it will turn out alright when I start blocking it out graphically on the page but a lot of the story is told in narration. I start out the book asking the question of why people are interested in other people’s lives so much but I read somewhere that you should always start a book out with someone doing something or an action of some type. Maybe I should be a seasoned writer before I break the rules.  So for those who are paying any attention, the writing is slow going but I’ll keep at it. I’m going to try to get to 20 pages by this Sunday. This is a short post but I’ll keep you informed. Thanks for dropping by.

PS It’s F’ing hot in Wisconsin!

Began to Write!

Time to do some typing in Word!

Hello everyone. Sadly, I have no drawing to show this week. I have one started but I will try to post it next week.

On the upside, I have been getting a lot of my graphic novel stuff done! This past Sunday, Sara and I went all over Kenosha taking pictures of everything I might need to use in the book. I also wanted to start the book off with some photos of the Kenosha area so those photos will come in handy. I would like to keep taking more photos just to build up more of a reference file of photos.

I have also finally started writing a rough script for the book. I’ve been getting up at 5:00am to do about an hour’s worth of writing before going to work but it is coming along. I just started this past Monday so I only have 7 pages typed up but, that translates to probably twice that many pages in the actual graphic novel. It was rough actually writing the first couple of sentences but I think now that I’m into the story it’s been getting easier. I think I’ve fallen into a nice rhythm. I just hope I can keep it up.

Since this is an autobiographical graphic novel I’ve been trying not to be too guarded with what I write. I want there to be honest emotion even if some of it is embarrassing to me. I have a feeling it will get harder to tell my story as I get to my teenage and college years. I did a lot more stupid things then. I haven’t had anyone read what I have yet so I don’t know if it is any good. I might have Sara read it to see if it’s bearable.

I know this post isn’t as interesting as most of them but I just wanted to let you know what was going on with the book and let you know I haven’t given up on it! thanks for dropping by.

The Beginning of the Writing Process

Hello everyone! It is now June and I have moved on to the next phase or step in the process of making this graphic novel. As you can see I have decided on the look of myself in the book and that was a major accomplishment for myself. I will still have to design the other characters in the book. I will save that for later when I’m ready to draw out the book. I just wanted to get a good feel for what my character design will look like now because that will be a good jumping off point for the look of the rest of the book.

As for the next phase of the book making process, I have given myself till September to accomplish my next goals. This step will be mostly writing a script. I have never really written anything more than 5 pages in my life so it’s a little scary.

I bought “Mastering Comics” this past week because I’m hoping it will give me some good information about writing a script and the steps to take in the writing process. I enjoyed the first book, “Drawing Words & Writing Pictures.” Right now I’m in the story pitch stage when I have to sum up my story in a paragraph or so. At this point I don’t know how helpful this book will be but I’m hoping it will point me in the right direction.

The writing process will have several stages to it. As I said before, I will give myself till Sept. to write just a purely words script (mostly done on the computer). I will then do a rough page layout with just words inside the panels  to see what the page will look like and how many pages the story will need. From there I plan on adding or subtracting from the story or moving scenes around. Then I plan on penciling in story in earnest. After the whole book is penciled in I will of course start to ink it. After about a third of the book is inked, I will start sending out what I have to publishers to see if they are interested. So that it my plan of attack so far.

I have bad news that affects this project. A couple of days ago I discovered my scanner (a HP Photosmart Premium all-in-one) now likes to put a thick striped line down the center of the scanned image. So instead of using a big chunk of my budgeted money for a new scanner, I have decided to use the scanner at my work until I figure out what I’m going to do. I like feeling like I’m using the system for my own good but I also really just like the convenience of using my own scanner at home.

So from now until September I will be writing the book which I will not go into too much detail here. I don’t want to give away too much story. I will give updates on how the writing process is going and maybe little discoveries I’ve made along the way. I will continue to do the one page comics that you see above just to practice drawing. They may not always be about me or the book though. I was think of maybe doing illustrated “top ten lists” and posting those on this blog and maybe sprinkling them throughout the book as well.

I will also begin to collect photo references during this next phase. I especially need to start taking pictures of the local area. This I will do while writing the script.

That is where I am at in a nutshell. I didn’t plan to write so much but I guess I had more to say than I thought. Stop in again to see what I’m up to. Thanks for dropping by! 🙂