National Novel Writing Month is here once again. Throughout the month of November writers across multiple disciplines and genres challenge themselves to sit down and write a 50K word novel. Although I am not participating this year, that’s not to say that this month can’t be dedicated to planning upcoming comic projects! Here are some ways you can harness the spirit of NaNoWriMo for comics!
Have you been flying by the seat of your pants each upload, just barely managing to get your thoughts together for a page? Challenge yourself to write out a basic outline and maybe script a few pages or plan a bunch of episodes ahead. Spend time on dialog or weaving in foreshadowing. Spending some time getting all the details you want to include in your comic out of your head and onto the page (or post-it notes) will help you down the line.
Is your story pretty solid, but you’re struggling to get art done? Try and draw/sketch a page or two a day. It doesn’t have to look nice. Just get the ideas and basic layout out. By the end of the month it will be easier to crank out a page as the groundwork is now there. You could also try thumbnailing a chapter’s worth of pages if you want something a bit simpler. Set yourself time trial challenges to see how many pages you can get planned in say 10-15 minutes. .
Feeling creatively drained? You can try using drawing prompts to help you explore your characters. How would they look as the opposite gender? Pair two characters up who don’t get much screen time together and see what their relationship could be. Trawl through Pinterest and try out some “Your Character/s Here” (YCH) poses. Alternatively, you can ask your comic friends to do an art challenge with you or try drawing your characters in their style.
These are just some of the ways you can harness the spirit of NaNaWriMo this year. So go forth and create comics!
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NaNoWriMo for comicsEmma_Clare at 12:00AM, Nov. 5, 2022
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Ironscarf at 6:41AM, Nov. 6, 2022
These seasonal events are a good motivator for some, but the advice here is good all year round.
Andreas_Helixfinger at 11:52PM, Nov. 5, 2022
I've participated in NaNoWriMo in the past, 2017's NaNoWriMo to be exact. Gonna be a bit busy with the new DD ANthology and other things, so I'm not doing it this year. I do wish everyone who is participating good fortune in their writing goal.
usedbooks at 7:00AM, Nov. 5, 2022
I thought I had a novel idea, but it turned out to be four short stories. :P So, I guess I'm writing short stories for NaNoWriMo.