Corporal-leviii’s writing tips wooo
For the sweet anon who asked me for some tips about writing! I’ve gotten several asks like this so I’m just gonna pop in and post this before putting my nose back to the grindstone for finals. See you all later, and I hope this helps!!
MY WRITING MASTERPOST
I just have a lot of writing tips and masterposts and just stuff in my likes and I decided to put them all into this. All rights goes to the people who made them.
Cool Other Masterposts:
- Writing Specific Characters
- Writing References
- Writing Masterpost
- Character Guides
- Writing Help for Writers
- Ultimate Writing Resource List
- Lots of RP Guides
- Online Writing Resources
- List of Websites to Help You Focus
- Resources for Writing Bio’s
- Helpful Links for Writing Help
- General Writing Resources
- Resources for Biography Writing
- Mental Ilnesses/Disorders Guides
- 8 Words You Should Avoid While Writing
- The Ultimate Writing Masterpost
- The Official Ten-Step Guide to Becoming the Next Gatsby
- The Periodic Table of Storytelling
- Joss Whedon’s Top 10 Writing Tips
- Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone
- 34 Writing Tips that will make you a Better Writer
- 50 Free resources that will improve your writing skills
- 5 ways to get out of the comfort zone and become a stronger writer
- 10 ways to avoid Writing Insecurity
- The Writer’s Guide to Overcoming Insecurity
- The Difference Between Good Writers and Bad Writers
- You’re Not Hemingway - Developing Your Own Style
- 7 Ways to use Brain Science to Hook Readers and Reel them In
- 8 Short Story Tips from Kurt Vonnegut
- How to Show, Not Tell
- 5 Essential Story Ingredients
- How to Write Fiction that grabs your readers from page one
- Why research is important in writing
- Make Your Reader Root for Your Main Character
- Writing Ergonomics (Staying Comfortable Whilst Writing)
- The Importance of Body Language
- Fashion Terminology
- All About Kissing
- Genre Help: Romance
- 187 Mental Illnesses
- Types of Mental Illness
- Eye Color List
- Spectral Groupings
- Do you have trouble creating your titles?
- On being a co-writer || Additional tips on effective co-writing
- The length of a chapter
- How to deal with too many story ideas
- On writing two stories simultaneously || a similar ask
- When a story stops working
- Reading critically for writers
- The question of outlining
- Avoiding publishing scams
- Finding story ideas
- Tips on building a platform [guest blog]
- How much does writing “in genre” matter?
- What a “real writer” is
- Pennames and aliases
- A series of thoughts on series titles
- The self-pub miniseries: the why
- The self-pub miniseries: the what
- Rewriting fanfiction into original fiction
- Formatting long quotes and songs
- 10 days of Character Building
- Name Generators
- Name Playground
- Universal Mary Sue Litmus Test
- Seven Common Character Types
- Handling a Cast of Thousands Part 1 - Getting To Know Your Characters
- Web Resources for Developing Characters
- Building Fictional Characters
- Fiction Writer’s Character Chart
- Body Language Cheat
- Body Language Reference Cheat
- Tips for Writers: Body Language
- Types of Crying
- Body Language: Mirroring
- Character Building Workshop
- Tips for Characterization
- Character Chart for Fiction Writers
- Villains are people too but…
- How to Write a Character Bible
- Character Development Exercises
- All Your Characters Talk the Same - And They’re Not A Hivemind!
- Medieval Names Archive
- Sympathy Without Saintliness
- Family Echo (Family Tree Maker)
- Behind The Name
- 100 Character Development Questions for Writers
- Aether’s Character Development Worksheet
- The 12 Common Archetypes
- Six Types of Courageous Characters
- Kazza’s List of Character Secrets - Part 1, Part 2
- Creating Believable Characters With Personality
- Bad Asses
- Bitches (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
- Emotional Detachment
- The Girl Next Door
- Introverts (2)
- Mean Persons (2)
- Party Girls
- Rich (2)
- Serial Killers (2)
- Shyness (2, 3)
- Villains (2)
- Body Language Cheat Sheet
- Creating Fictional Characters Series
- Three Ways to Avoid Lazy Character Description
- 7 Rules for Picking Names for Fictional Characters
- Character Development Questionnaire
- How to Create Fictional Characters
- Character Name Resources
- Character Development Template
- Character Development Through Hobbies
- Character Flaws List
- 10 Questions for Creating Believable Characters
- Ari’s Archetype Series
- How to Craft Compelling Characters
- List of 200 Character Traits
- Writing Characters of the Opposite Sex
- Making Your Characters Likable
- Do you really know your characters?
- Character Development: Virtues
- Character Development: Vices
- Character Morality Alignment
- List of Negative Personality Traits
- List of Positive Personality Traits
- List of Emotions - Positive
- List of Emotions - Negative
- Loon’s Character Development Series - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
- Phobia List A-L (Part 1), M-Z (Part 2)
- 30 Day In Depth Character Development Meme
- Words for Emotions based on Severity
- Eight Bad Characters
- High Level Description of the Sixteen Personality Types
- How Not to Write Female Characters
- Writing Female Characters
- How to write empowering female characters
- Why I write strong female characters
- Red Flags for Female Characters Written by Men
- Writing strong female characters
- The Female Character Flowchart
- Eight Heroine Archetypes
- Eight Hero Archetypes
- Help on picking character names
- A tip about realistic characters
- Strategies to create believable characters
- Additional tips on writing PoC characters
- Advice on writing genders
- Creating unstable characters
- Ambiguous Antagonists
- A tidbit on psychological trauma [trigger warnings]
- On writing accents
- What makes characters stick with me
- Sweetening up character description
- Making an introverted character stand out
- Conveying too much or too little character “inner reflection”
- Revealing a character’s asexual orientation
- Revealing a character’s gender & orientation
- A habit of killing characters
- When characters aren’t standing out
- Breaking hearts with character deaths
- Quick tips on expressing character
- Character development versus pacing
- A mini guide to character voice
- A Description Resource
- 55 Words to Describe Someones Voice
- Describing Skin Colors
- Describing a Person: Adding Details
- Emotions Vocabulary
- 90 Words For ‘Looks’
- Be More Descriptive
- Describe a Character’s Look Well
- 100 Words for Facial Expressions
- To Show and Not To Tell
- Words to Describe Facial Expressions
- Describing Clothes
- List of Actions
- Tone, Feelings and Emotions
- Writing A Vampire
- Writing Pansexual Characters
- Writing Characters on the Police Force
- Writing Drunk Characters
- Writing A Manipulative Character
- Writing A Friends With Benefits Relationship
- Writing A Natural Born Leader
- Writing A Flirtatious Character
- Writing A Nice Character
- Fiction Writing Exercises for Creating Villains
- Five Traits to Contribute to an Epic Villain
- Writing Villains that Rock
- Writing British Characters
- How To Write A Character With A Baby
- On Assassin Characters
- Disorders in general (2, 3, 4, 5)
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Antisocial Personality Disorder
- Anxiety (2, 3, 4, 5)
- Avoidant Personality Disorder
- Alice In Wonderland Syndrome
- Bipolar Disorder (2, 3)
- Cotard Delusions
- Depression (2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
- Eeating Disorders (2, 3)
- Facitious Disorders
- Histrionic Personality Disorder
- Multiple Personality Disorder (2)
- Narcissistic Personality Disorder
- Night Terrors
- Kleptomania (2)
- A Pyromaniac
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (2) (3)
- Sex Addiction (2)
- Schizophrenia (2)
- Sociopaths (2)
- Aspergers Syndrome
- Someone Blind (2)
- Cancer (2, 3)
- Muteness (2, 3)
- Ballet Dancer (2)
- Alcohol Influence (2, 3, 4, 5)
- Cocaine Influence
- Ecstasy Influence (2)
- Heroin Use
- LSD Influence
- Marijuana Influence (2, 3)
- Opiate Use
Tips on Writing Dialogue:
- It’s Not What They Say…
- Top 8 Tips for Writing Dialogue
- Speaking of Dialogue
- The Great Said Debate
- He Said, She Said, Who Said What?
- How to Write Dialogue Unique to Your Characters
- Writing Dialogue: Go for Realistic, Not Real-Life
Tips on Writing Point of View:
Style & Craft of Writing:
- The literary “weak verb”
- Do you have word tics?
- Victoria’s Vitamins: vague descriptive words
- Victoria’s Vitamins: mood
- Breaking writing habits
- Varying sentences
- Describing colors
- Sweetening up character description
- Purple prose
- Grammar is a tricksy thing
- "Smartening" the language of your narrative
- Building suspense and making readers sweat
- A couple tips about description in fast-paced scenes
- The story of exposition
- 10 ways to hit your reader in the gut
- Make your reader root for your main character
- Make your reader hold their breath
- What’s the big deal about intros?
- A tip about description
- The word count of your manuscript
- Things that make me keep reading
- Choosing ideas and endings
- When to describe setting
- Battling cliches
- Is your story YA, NA, or adult?
- When a plot isn’t strong enough to make a whole story
- Flashbacks with multiple POVs
- Bulking up your word count
- Avoiding cliches
- Conquer that opening line || response || discussion
- Tips on revealing setting awesomely kind of
- Deciding between different ideas for the same story
- You’ve finished your manuscript! Now what?
- Revision sucks but doesn’t have to suck
- Where to find beta readers/critique partners
- Tips on taking critique
- Tips on giving critique
- What to do with bad writing advice
- Additional insight on bad writing advice
- Five quick steps to get into revising that manuscript
- When to say you’re done revising
- Beginning the awesome journey of revision
- Friends are not always the best readers
Plot, Structure, & Outline:
- Writing A Novel Using the Snowflake Method
- Effectively Outlining Your Novel
- Conflict and Character Within Story Structure
- Outlining Your Plot
- Ideas, Plots and Using the Premise Sheets
- How To Write A Novel
- Creating Conflict and Sustaining Suspense
- Plunge Right In…Into Your Story, That Is
- Tips for Creating a Compelling Plot
- 36 (plus one) Dramatic Situations
- The Evil Overlord Devises A Plot: Excerpt from Stupid Plot Tricks
- Conflict Test
- What is Conflict?
- The Hero’s Journey: Summary of Steps
- Outline Your Novel in Thirty Minutes
- Plotting Without Fears
- Novel Outlining 101
- Writing The Perfect Scene
- One-Page Plotting
- The Great Swampy Middle
- How Can You Know What Belongs In Your Book?
- Create A Plot Outline in 8 Easy Steps
- How to Organize and Develop Ideas for Your Novel
- Create Structure in your novel using index cards
- Choosing the best outline method for you
- Hatch’s Plot Bank
Setting & Making Your Own World
- Magical Word Builder’s Guide
- I Love The End Of The World
- World Building 101
- The Art of Description: Eight Tips to Help Bring Your Settings to Life
- Creating the Perfect Setting - Part 1
- Creating a Believable World
- Character and Setting Interactions
- Maps Workshop - Developing the Fictional World Through Mapping
- World Builders Project
- How To Create Fantasy Worlds
- Creating Fantasy and Science Fiction Worlds
Helpful Tools & Software:
- Tip Of My Tongue - Find the word you’re looking for
- Write or Die - Stay motivated
- Stay Focused - Tool for Chrome, lock yourself out of distracting websites
- My Writing Nook - Online Text Editor, Free
- Bubbl.us - Online Mind Map Application, Free
- Family Echo - Online Family Tree Maker, Free
- Freemind - Mind Map Application; Free; Windows, Mac, Linux, Portable
- Xmind - Mind Map Application; Free; Windows, Mac, Linux, Portable
- Liquid Story Binder - Novel Organization and Writing Application; free trial, $45.95; Windows, Portable
- Scrivener - Novel Organization and Writing Application; free trial, $39.95; Mac
- SuperNotecard - Novel Organization and Writing Application; free trial, $29; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable
- yWriter - Novel Organization and Writing Application; free; Windows, Linux, portable
- JDarkRoom - Minimalist Text Editing Application; free; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable
- AutoRealm - Map Creation Application; free; Windows, Linux with Wine
Grammer & Revision:
- How To Rewrite
- Editing Recipe
- Cliche Finder
- Revising Your Novel: Read What You’ve Written
- Writing 101: Revising A Novel
- 20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes
- Synonyms for the Most Commonly Used Words of the English Language
- Grammar Urban Legends
- Words Instead of Walk (2)
- Commonly Confused Adjectives
- A Guide on Punctuation
- Common Writing Mistakes
- 25 Synoms for ‘Expession’
- How to: Avoid Misusing Variations of Words
- Words to Keep Inside Your Pocket
- The 13 Trickiest Grammar Hang-Ups
- Other Ways to Say..
- 300+ Sophiscated and Underused Words
- List of Misused Words
- Words for Sex
- 100 Beautiful and Ugly Words
- Words to Use More Often
- Alternatives for ‘Smile’ or ‘Laugh’
- Three Self Editing Tips
- Words to Use Instead of ‘Walk’, ‘Said’, ‘Happy’ and ‘Sad’
- Synonyms for Common Words
- Alternatives for ‘Smile’
- Transitional Words
- The Many Faces and Meanings of ‘Said’
- Synonyms for ‘Wrote’
- A Case Of She Said, She Said
- *Creative Writing Prompts
- *Ink Provoking
- *Story Starter
- *Story Spinner
- *Story Kitchen
- *Language is a Virus
- *The Dabbling Mum
- Quick Story Idea Generator
- Solve Your Problems By Simply Saying Them Out Loud
- Busting Your Writing Rut
- Creative Acceleration: 11 Tips To Engineer A Productive Flow
- Writing Inspiration, Or Sex on a Bicycle
- The Seven Major Beginner Mistakes
- Complete Your First Book with these 9 Simple Writing Habits
- Free Association, Active Imagination, Twilight Imaging
- Random Book Title Generator
- Finishing Your Novel
- Story Starters & Idea Generators
- Words to Use More Often
- How to: Cure Writer’s Block
- Some Tips on Writer’s Block
- Got Writer’s Block?
- 6 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block
- Tips for Dealing With Writer’s Block
- Improve Your Writing Habits Now
- 5 Ways to Add Sparkle to Your Writing
- Getting Over Roleplaying Insecurities
- Improve Your Paras
- Why the Right Word Choices Result in Better Writing
- 4 Ways To Have Confidence in Your Writing
- Writing Better Than You Normally Do
- How’s My Driving?
- Backhanding procrastination
- On habits and taking care of yourself || Response
- More troubles with writing motivation
- The inner critic and ways to fight it
- The writing life is hard on us
- For troubles with starting your story
- Writing to be published
- "You’re a writer, will you write this for me?"
- Writing a story that’s doomed to suck
- Writing stamina builds slowly
- When depression goes and writing goes with it
- Additional inner critic strategies
- Tips on conquering NaNoWriMo (or any project, really)
- You will change as a writer
- Ways to keep writing while in school
- 13 quick tips when you’re starting your novel
- First draft blues
- Getting in your own way
Writing an Application:
- How to: Make That Application Your Bitch
- How to: Make Your App Better
- How to: Submit a Flawless Audition
- 10 Tips for Applying
- Para Sample Ideas
- 5 Tips on Writing an IC Para Sample
- Writing an IC Sample Without Escaping From the Bio
- How to: Create a Worthy IC Para Sample
- How to: Write an Impressive Para Sample
- How to: Lengthen Short Para’s
Chemistry is when two characters have a strong, authentic, natural connection or attraction to one another. This term is most often used for characters who are romantically involved, since good chemistry usually involves sexual tension, but platonic relationships can have chemistry too.
Here are characteristics of characters who have good chemistry:
- Attraction: This doesn’t necessarily mean that the characters are romantically and/or sexually attracted to one another, but it can. This means that characters naturally gravitated toward one another and that they are attracted to the other person’s mere existence.
- Complement: These characters complement each other. Both are whole on their own (and should be developed that way), but when together they create a new kind of force. They work well together and other people see that. It’s like when two people are always known as a “package”. Everyone refers to them as being together because they’re always together and when they’re together, they seem more complete and balanced to other people.
- Connection: Something connects these two characters. It could be because they share a back story, they live near each other, they have a similar hobby, they work at the same place, they’re both in school, or because they keep ending up in the same place at the same time.
- Sexual Tension: Sexual tension is most often found when the characters are supposed to be romantically involved, but romance doesn’t have to happen if sexual tension occurs.
- Authentic: When characters have good chemistry, their interactions are natural and authentic. This is difficult to pull off because it’s one of those things that just happens when you write.
- Reaction: It’s called character chemistry for a reason! Think of characters like elements. Putting the right elements together creates a reaction. These characters need to fit together and their bond needs to create something new.
- The Secret Formula: While there are certain characteristics that create chemistry between characters, it all depends on the characters themselves and how you write it. There’s no equation for creating chemistry that will always be successful. Sometimes chemistry between characters comes out naturally without the author’s intention.
Keeping a character’s voice consistent throughout a book can be a challenge. There are a multitude of factors to maintaining a character’s voice. Keep in mind that as the character develops, the voice doesn’t change. A character’s voice at its core can best be described as a character’s personality. Here are a few factors for you to consider:
- Social class
- Extrovert or introvert
- Sense of humor or seriousness
- Long sentences or short, crisp ones
- Impulsive or logical
- How character views surroundings
- How character makes decisions
- What character observes first
And many, many more…
Let me use my character, Amelia Gareth from When Stars Die, to give you an example of voice consistency by answering some of the points above.
- Social class: Amelia comes from the upper class in the 19th century, so when she speaks or narrates, her exposition and dialogue are going to have a formality to them that someone from the lower class wouldn’t have.
- Intelligence: Amelia is sharp, so when she is in a situation that demands an immediate answer, she is able to come up with one, no matter how impulsive or illogical it may be. She has to be intelligent to survive in her world.
- Background: Before Amelia came to Cathedral Reims, she mostly lived at her manor, hardly venturing outside, so she isn’t very worldly. Even at Cathedral Reims she is confined and only allowed certain knowledge taught by the nuns. So the cathedral suppresses her chances at personal development. Thus, her actions and dialogue are going to mirror this lack of worldliness, so she often comes off as immature.
- Extrovert or Introvert: Amelia is an extrovert. She wants to be around people. She wants friends, as she didn’t have many at home. She is fiercely protective of her younger brother and will do whatever it takes to protect him. She also isn’t afraid to voice her feelings when she finds something disagreeable. She’s terrified of ending up alone. She is concerned with her external world.
- Long sentences or short, crisp ones. Amelia might fall somewhere in between. She exists in the 19th century, so brevity wasn’t too much of a thing. If you’ve ever read books published in the 19th century, you’ll know this. However, her voice had to be adjusted for a more modern audience, so she can’t be too wordy. But her thought process isn’t clipped. It’s detailed.
- Impulsive or logical: Due to her background, she is impulsive. She is about her happiness, about protecting her younger brother. When either of these things are threatened, she doesn’t think logically to find a solution.
- Surroundings: When Amelia views her surroundings, she views them in detail. When the story begins, she has only been at the cathedral for three years, so she has been trapped in her manor for fifteen, so it’s like the world is new to her.
- Decisions: She’s never been confronted with the harsh realities of life, so, as stated above, her decisions are impulsive.
- Observations: Because of what she’s gone through, she’ll note the negative things first. Witches are despised in her world, so she’ll generally relate that negativity to the state of the world overall. When she can’t find anything negative, she’ll note the positive, but she’ll think of a crisp, blue sky as something that shouldn’t be there because of the world she lives in.
- Sense of humor or seriousness: You can probably tell Amelia is serious. There is a lot going against her, so she feels like she cannot relax.
So when doing a character outline for voice, keep these things in mind and anything else you can think of to keep your character’s voice consistent. Refer to this outline constantly. Step into your character’s shoes and ask, “How would she/he react? How would he/she respond to a character telling him/her something?” And so on and so forth. Also, if it has been a couple of days since you’ve last written, read the previous few pages to get back into your character’s voice. Simply put, become your character.
Well, it’s the easiest way for me, anyways.
- Bare Bones — structuring and completing the basic plot, creating characters.
- Sinew — Now connecting each bone (plot point). This is the part where you give a BASIC Accomplishment of each chapter.
- The Meat — laying down the basic idea (shit script!) for each chapter. Can go chapter-by-chapter, as long as you keep in mind foreshadowing and stuff.
- The Fat — fleshing out your chapter. This is finally the part where you start thinking about the art aspect of things.
- Cosmetic — filling in your chapters. Actually planning out the final draft and sticking to it.
- Dessert — extras, side stories, promotional images, holiday projects, etc..
Before you even begin to draw anything at all, plan the basic structure of your story. The whole story, beginning, major points, and end. If you’ve only got a vague idea of how you want your story to go, write it down. Vague is fine for right now. The important part is having the basics mapped out from BEGINNING to END.
- Alien invasion threatens earth. The Galactic Fighters have been stranded on Earth in pursuit of the enemies.
- Cat Galactic Fighter meets Humans who care for him, and fellow Galactic Fighters around the country.
- The Enemies have attained the help of a business mogul, and are building a weapon on his funding.
- The Cat Galactic Fighter and Friends defeat the Enemies and business mogul, but REALLY, the Enemy Leader is higher up, controlling a stronger human and elite team.
- Characters are lulled into false security, the begin rebuilding their ship. But the Elite team attacks them and kills one Galactic Fighter.
- Cat Galactic Fighter gets taken prisoner. Leaderless, the friends and humans feel like there’s no hope of winning.
- One of the Galactic Fighters befriends one of the Elite, and they hatch a plan. The Human Mogul begins to realize that the earth will be destroyed (himself included).
- The Galactic Fighters, Mogul, and Humans defeat the Enemy Boss from the inside-out, and save the planet. However, many die, and the characters must all come to terms with their grieving.
The remaining Galactic Fighters and Enemies (now defunct) work together to return to their homelands and bury their dead, saying farewell to their human friends.
Now you’ve got the bare bones of your story, you have to lay down the sinew— That which connects Part 1 to Part 2. Connects Part 2 to Part 3. etc..
What are some of the very important parts you’d like to add, which can help connect Bone 1 (the beginning) to Bone 2 (introducing side-characters)?
- character side-stories
- background stories
- mini obstacles/problems
- relationship/character development
- remember: all side-stories must re-join the plot before the end! If they’re not relevant to the plot, or characterization, they’re probably best left as little extras (after the comic is finished)
Now that you’ve gotten the in-between Sinewy parts down-pat, it’s time to start working on a chapter-by-chapter basis. That is— fleshing out exactly what you’d like to do in each chapter.
The best way for me to do this, is to identify the Main Objective of each chapter, and just shit out a basic-ass script to describe what I want to happen.
For example: In Chapter 1, the main thing I want to do is
- Establish Cat Galactic Fighter’s relationship with the 2 humans
- Reveal to the 2 humans that Cat is an Alien
And so, to reach those 2 very important Chapter Objectives, I brainstorm and think of a way that I can kind make those things happen.
Shitty script example:
"Humans go to place A. They find the Cat. Cat is an alien, but they don’t know. They take the cat home. The Cat eats all the dish soap b/c it’s got chemicals for its alien bod. The Cat won’t eat cat food, so they become worried. They finally decide take it to the vet. The alien’s secret is revealed when a crow alien attacks the city on way to vet. The cat transforms into Galactic Fighter and kicks the shit out of the Crow Galactic Fighter (enemy)."
As long as you’ve got those sinewy pieces laid out over your bare bones, you can easily pull the rest of the chapter out of it. The important part is getting the basics down, so that you don’t forget, then adding things around it as necessary.
You’ve laid out the basic shitty script for, like, 5~10 chapters, and now you’re trying to fill in all the gaps with fat.
Basically, you’re gonna take your shit script, and you’re gonna elaborate. It can be as detailed as you want. You can even write it out like a novel or a fanfic to help you remember.
Also, you’re gonna start thinking about how you wanna lay it all out in comic form.
I would recommend making ‘thumbs’ or neemu. That’s when you draw very little, mock-up versions of your comic, like storyboarding I guess. By making these little mock-up versions, you can get a feeling for what is right and what is wrong for your pages.
It’s a WHOLE LOT easier to fix stick-figure drawins and panels than it is to, say, go back and redo an entire final-draft page because it doesn’t feel right.
I would recommend making like 5~10 chapters worth of neemu and scripts. I’ll tell you why in the next step.
You’ve got your 5~10 chapters all planned out and laid out. You’ve gone through all your neemu, you’ve tweaked and changed things, and now you’re ready to start in on your final drafts.
You’re gonna lay out your panels, sketch and ink everything, add in dialogue and lettering, and distribute.
HOWEVER, You’ll want to do them IN ORDER of each chapter! Meaning, you work on Chapter 1’s sketches, and do all of them, before you move into Chapter 2’s sketches. You finish Chapter 2’s sketches before you move on to Chapter 3’s sketches, etc..
- Layout chapters 1-5
- sketch chapters 1-5
- ink chapters 1-5
- colour/greyscale 1-5
- Finish chapters 1-5
- queue up each page for distribution.
If each of your chapters is 20 pages long, you’ve done 5 chapters already, that’s 100 pages.
If you publish a new page every Mon/Wed/Fri, then that means you have about 33 weeks until you run out of pages.
That’s a little over 6 months, during which, you can
- Layout chapters 6-10
- sketch chapters 6-10
- ink chapters 6-10
- colour/greyscale 6-10
- finish chapters 6-10
- queue up each page for distribution.
and repeat. It’ll be a lot less hassle on you, but your pace will be consistent, which means more people will be seeing/attracted to your stuff. Plus, you can take frequent breaks, just as long as you work at a steady pace.
And because you’re able to keep at a steady pace and free up a lot of time, you now have free time to work on the fun things!
Things which you REALLY wanted to draw, but they couldn’t fit comfortably into the story line. Little side projects and the ilk.
- side stories
- promotional images
- holiday projects
- gratuitous fan service
- character bio’s
The Psychology of Colour -
A Guide for Designers.
And it doesn’t matter that she didn’t ask to be beautiful, or to be born in a lake, or to live forever, or to not know how men breathe until they stop doing it. Well, I do not want to be beautiful, or a woman, or anything. I want to know how men breathe.