Thoughts on Writing my graphic novel so far…

While surrounded by piles of paper and notes in three different sketchbooks (compiled over a few years), I realize my mind is shattered. Trying to organize my thoughts into a cohesive story is a daunting task. The fact that many elements of the plot have changed or jumped to different parts of the story doesn’t seem to help me. Don’t even mention the flashback sequences (fitting them is easy enough) it’s where the points intersect, I just don’t know exactly when to place them. I almost think it would be easier to write everything on post it notes and rearrange it that way. The script I’ve started so far is a little weird, sometimes I describe a scene and other times I just write the dialogue which helps me visualize the scene. I know there is no definitive way to write a script especially for comics. I just want something to work from that will result in a smoother transition to a visual medium. As it stands I’m looking at crafting about a hundred pages and most likely more than that. I keep going back and trying to organize from the beginning, tonight was round three. Write scenes then let the order show itself, that’s the new strategy. Scene, scene, scene, print out, cut out, order and then adjust the script. I could use a week of alone time just to figure this out. Sometimes it’s hard to think when so much is going on around you. Life gets in the way of Art and Art gets in the way of Life, there is no winning. “Buy the ticket, take the ride” is one of my favorite lines from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas because you can apply it anywhere and it always rings true. I knew it would be hard starting this project and I’m only at the beginning. The order seems so clear in my head and then I start writing and new ideas come out and change everything that came before it, WTF.  I don’t know if another writing project of mine has started anything like this,  which could mean I’m getting somewhere. Anyway enough ranting time for bed.

Leave a Reply