Comic Writing Tips

Here at Online Comic Heroes we want to encourage great writing.  It is the writer that crafts the comic stories we enjoy.  All to often it is the artist that gets the credit.  Of course there are some super-star writers out there; Stan Lee, Brian Michael Bendis, Alan Moore, Frank Miller and Grant Morrison come to mind.  When you read these masters work pay close attention to how they craft the story and draw you in.  Learn from them and apply what works to your own stories. 

If writing is your contribution to comics always strive to give your very best.  Writing about what you know or write about what interests you.  When you really like the subject you are writing about the quality will reflect it.  Always continue to learn how to write better.  If you do a search on Amazon you will come up with a list of many books about writing.  Two that I have in my collection include; Stan Lee's How to Write Comics and Brian Michael Bendis' Words for Pictures.  I encourage you to choose based on your interest in their respective works.  I grew up with a heavy interest in Marvel titles so Stan Lee's book was one of my very first books on writing.

Stan Lee's Writing Tips

Stan Lee's How to Write Comics covers comic writing from the origins of comics to important terms about comics and he goes through a very detailed education on comic writing.  What I will be including below is a brief synopsis of top tips Stan Lee has provided for writers. 

  • Write about what you know.  If you don't know about your chosen topic learn.
  • Analyze what works in successful movies, television and other sources.  Learn from them.
  • Write and write and write some more.  You will continue to get better at writing the more you do it.
  • Write about things you are interested in.
  • Find out when you write best and where you work well and get into a good routine.
  • If you get tired take a break, you will only create pour work if you are tired.
  • Proofread your work very carefully.  Be very objective about your work do not get attached to the story just because you wrote it.  Think like an Editor will and make sure you pick it apart before someone else does.  Then put it back together even better than before.
  • If you have different characters write for these characters and make them real.
  • Think about your characters and make them interesting so readers continue to want to follow their stories.
  • Keep at it, you are bound to get rejections in the early days.  Even the best writers do not get all their projects approved.   

On the subject of Proofreading I would like to share a few more detailed points.  I recommend that you not only rely on spell check.  Spell check is helpful but words can be missed used or misplaced and not caught be the spell check.  I often have a online dictionary open when I work.  I next suggest that you print your work off and read it on paper.  You would be surprised how often you will miss something by just reading it on a computer screen. 

My wife is a great writer and made her career as a Copywriter for over ten years.  She has recommended a few more very good tips when you proofread.  Read your work out loud.  After that read it backwards.  If you can hire a proof reader to review your work before you send it to your editor.  Editors are very busy people, if you can make their work easier they will thank you ( of course they may not actually say it to you ).  Be sure an Editor will certainly take note of you and your professionalism.   

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