The Art of the Conversation

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, June 1, 2020




Understanding the importance of the dialogue between two characters (or an internal monologue) is crucial for writing conversations in comics. It is true that comics are written differently than real world conversations because it removes a lot of the idiosyncrasies that happen in real-time conversations. However, learning to apply techniques ...


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Revisionist Historical Fiction

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, May 30, 2020



So over here on Greek TV, there's this very popular drama series that happens to be set in a Greek mainland village in the 1950s, and sells itself as ‘authentically representing an era’. It started off very promising, as a crime drama + family drama kind of story where three ...

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There Is No See Saw

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, May 23, 2020



(I'm writing this after a very long and hard day of mental and physical work so if it sounds ranty or convoluted…. eh, you've been warned :P )

Humans are competitive by nature. Somehow we have to rank everything- all things, from the most concrete to the most abstract ...



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More Thoughts on Discovery Writing

Banes at 12:00AM, May 21, 2020



We've had some interesting discussions on various Newsposts, in the Forum and elsewhere on theduckwebcomics about knowing your ending, knowing your genre, planning ahead and outlining vs. ‘pantsing’ or ‘Discovery writing’, which is writing without knowing where you're going.

Though up to now I've mostly been a ...



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Knowing What You Write

Banes at 12:00AM, May 14, 2020



Last week we talked about “writing what you know” … but how about ‘knowing what you write’? I knew I wanted to do this one as soon as I posted the previous article…just for the title.

In a TV show, series of books, movie, printed comic series, or newspaper strip ...



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Writing What You Know

Banes at 12:00AM, May 7, 2020



Writing what you know is one of those old canards that show up in writing advice, though it's not up there with things like “show, don't tell” and “this is supposed to be a literary essay - do not doodle in the margins”.

Or is that last one just ...



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All is Lost

Banes at 12:00AM, April 30, 2020



I've talked many times about story structure. Even with a structural approach, there are a lot of questions to be answered, struggles to be had, and hard thinking to be done to make a story work.

One big moment that I like thinking about early in the writing is ...



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Let the creativity flow

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, April 24, 2020



Creativity can be an elusive quality and to many, one they can never achieve. However, it is something everyone has, and in this article I’ll go through three ways you can maximise your creative juices.

Make it fun
As kids, we spend a lot of time playing, be with ...




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Cause and Effect Writing Exercise

Banes at 12:00AM, April 23, 2020


classic tale of cause and effect!

Our very own Pickle-Face made a forum topic on the Duck, asking people to create a basic ‘cause and effect’ statement on their comic.

The structure goes something like this: Say what happens, and then what the effect is in the story. This is ...




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