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Why you should write a one shot

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Aug. 28, 2020

The deadline to submit your pitch for the DrunkDuck horror anthology is fast approaching (31/8/2020) so what better time to talk about one shot comics than right now! Short story comics, also known as one-shots, are generally self contained stories. There aren’t as many moving parts when compared to serialized comics, allowing the creator the freedom to really flex their creativity in other ways, such as experimenting with their art style, the themes they want to explore or a different narrative structure.

Creating a one shot comic can also serve to be a change of pace during projects, particularly if you’re finding yourself at a challenging junction with your other works. Developing a story that has an achievable scope can help when one is facing writer’s/artist’s blocks as it allows you to explore and find new ways of telling a story, particularly if you’re developing a one for a genre you have never tackled before.

Given you don’t have the room for complicated and long world-building/lore, it helps to have a strong and clear outline for a one shot comic. (Check out last week’s article for tips on how to construct your own plot outline). A clear advantage of the one shot/short story format is that it keeps you focused, given that the overall scope is smaller than a long form comic, and the outline will keep the plot from unraveling out of control.

It also offers a good outlet for ideas you want to explore but might not have enough content to fill a longer series. Don’t forget, you can always collect them together to form your own anthology, which very neatly brings us back to the DrunkDuck anthology project! (How seamless was that?)

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PaulEberhardt at 12:42PM, Aug. 29, 2020

I can totally second that. Also, I found that being "forced" to do a long shot, e.g. because you're participating in a contest or some project around a certain motif, including a deadline can unleash new waves of creativity even you didn't know were there. Last time I did this the result turned out to become my first publication in print. I was too busy this time to do a pitch, but I know I won't always be.

quinn o matic at 11:58AM, Aug. 28, 2020

Ugh, I wish I'd known

Corruption at 5:37AM, Aug. 28, 2020

I can see a few other benifits of one-shots. For a beginner it helps them get used to making comics. It allows stories without having to track a large backlog of history. If done properly you can use it as the start of a longer comic, if the idea works. If you have a simple idea you don't know how to expand without destroying the original idea, this works. If you may soon have commitments that take up a lot of time latter, a long comic could take up too much time. You can express ideas the fans of your long comics would not like, without losing your main fanbase. Merc for different comics = more cash?

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