Hey, hey! Usually I am posting the morning these days, but I have had the day off today and spent my morning being quite unproductive. It felt good, but it felt bad. That’s the obvious truth. Because of that I will be needing to make some sacrifices. Writing time, or gym time. What should I sacrifice? Honestly, I throw them both to the dogs just about constantly. However, it seems like Alice gets it most frequently. Tonight is writing night. Writing and dinner.
Speaking of writing, that’s what today’s entry is supposed to be about. And it is! What I wanted to break down and address is writing utensils. If you’re working on a comic, or any sort of story, you ought to be writing it somehow. Planning is important, and I am sure we are all aware of that. When I started this comic, I had very little. Hell, I was just slapping pages together, it should be obvious to anyone who has read it. I am not saying that it can’t be enjoyable to slap something together, but it won’t be your best. Even a comic needs writing, design, direction, and changes.
One of my biggest changes has been adding writing and direction. I have always known, in my heart, where I wanted it to go. But I lacked an actual set up for executing it. Since I started working on improving the look of the comic, I also wanted to start driving it better. It was as if I was flooring it and driving without a steering wheel. With that in mind I dug out an old program I used back when the gang and I would do what we could to make movies, Celtx. It’s a great script writing tool that surprisingly covers comics.
One of the reasons that I like the program so much, aside from the fact that I am accustomed to it, is because it sets everything up in a manner that allows it all to work together. I can create a project that has well grouped together scripts, characters sheets, notes, sketches, and more. I know, I am starting to sound like an advertisement, but it really works well for me.
I’m not sure what tools you may use, but I am interested in finding out! If you’re writing something, what do you use and why? Maybe we can share some tips and tools. I better get back to writing….