I read the most interesting book today. It was actually an assignment for my creative writing class, but I found myself drawn into the lessons the author taught. The book, The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics by Dennis O’Neil, was extremely informative.
I’ve been writing with purpose for five years and have gone to many workshops and meetings to “learn” the craft. When I started writing, I thought it was relatively simple—create compelling characters and surround them in a twisting-turning plot sequence to ultimately find themselves solving whatever the problem was and ending up together. Come to find out…there was a lot more to it than that.
O’Neil’s book teaches about writing comics. He gives instructions on how to set them up, create the story, and even write editor proposals. All of these things I’ve heard before, but somehow his examples and explanations are clearer. More precise. In other words, he drew pictures for me.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning how to write no matter what genre you choose.