Everyone has a different way of jotting down ideas, writing out their stories and planning their comic pages. (even if it may be on the walls too…)
When I was working on Scarred Eden (rip my baby project that’s on a reboot loop) I had a document of timelines; I knew the story from start to finish and I had to just plug in the middle sections and flesh it all out and I believe before I started working on the pages I had about 10 chapters written all out.
When I was working on the timeline I was using a regular notebook and making bullet-points before moving to a program called AEON Timeline, which helped me keep track of details I deemed important (or unimportant) and I used LibreOffice to write and flesh my stories out.
However, I think my best and most used writing tool, is in fact, my imagination. I’ve written so many stories and side stories in my head but never really transitioned it to paper.
Scorned has yet to be written out. I know the entire story, I know most of the middle details of the story, but it really just resides in my mind right now. I’m constantly writing and re-writing small details and updating chapters, toying with what’s going where and deciding the who/what/when/where factors all from my brain.
I will admit that I tried writing Scorned’s chapter 2 out, I had my LibreOffice opened, I was starting to write like three comic pages annnnnd I just didn’t want to. For some reason, I just really liked having it locked away in my brain. Like the spark would just disappear when I started writing it. I can only assume the reason that happens is because since I know the story and the details of chapter 2, I just get easily bored trying to write it. I feel like I would have more fun trying to write out chapter 3 or 4 since those are the chapters that I’m really working on and the only chapters so far that are making the gears move in my head.
Right now, for Scorned, like I said in my one article, I’m mostly going with the flow and letting things happen, it seems to be working out okay since quite a few friends and readers have mentioned that it’s a smooth read and they become surprised when I thank them and say “I haven’t written anything out – I’m just trying to make it work with what’s in my head.” (← I totally respond like 10x more excited though)
I might actually start utilizing the AEON Timeline more often because Scorned’s story (in its entirety) does take place across one thousand years… So keeping track of the small details would be great. BUT for the most part, my stories kind of move inside my head like a movie but I get to hit pause and draw out the scenarios that I think are most important to show and also the most fun.
I want to know, what are your writing tools? And what is your process? Do you let your stories move by you like a movie? Maybe it’s like a book? Maybe it’s exactly like a comic? I want to know!
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