alice's blog

I never get over what a strange process writing can be. It's different every time, and very different depending on the medium. My strengths in webcomic writing don't necessarily translate to being my strengths in novel-writing, and vice-versa.

When writing series like Footloose or Cherry, Em and I get together and work out the direction of the plot and the story arcs (often over a rather large amount of gin). Then I go away and write the individual chapters, before batting it back to Em, who draws the pages, tweaks dialogue or timing as necessary, and comes up with the final, finished product.

Maybe it's the collaborative nature of the stories, but plotting comics has always felt easier than plotting novels, even though a comic series is a much longer-running and more sustained story. While writing my latest novel (which is all about teen Norse gods), I knew that something was wrong, but couldn't work out what. After reading John Yorke's Into the Woods, I realised that the plot was good at the beginning and the end, but sagged in the middle, like a washing line with too many clothes. I needed a good, strong midpoint, but instead, my story was getting lost.

Maybe the shorter a story is, the harder it is to plot – at least for me. I find short stories even more difficult, and usually I'm only any good at them when I stick to one specific scene.

Writing is weird, and frustrating, and what works for one story won't work for another. And, in its own odd way, that's what makes it so much fun.



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 some pretty sweet books you can buy
Oh my folking goodness will you just look at all these new books. The Cherry Omnibus is here and available in our store. You can buy it now, or wait to pick up a copy in person at MCM London Comic Con in May where we will sign it, or awkwardly try and come up with something witty to write in it.

Spring is here! looking forward to warmer days and more sunshine, despite how long our characters have spent trapped in their perpetual summer holiday!

Those of you who are paying attention to our facebook page will know we have launched the name and logo of our upcoming comic Black Market Magic which will start after this chapter of Footloose ends. BMM is set in the IBYKSVerse but is a glimpse into whats happening on Earth instead of all these fancy Faerie shenangigans.

Planned Conventions for this year:
MCM London May Confirmed
MCM Manchester Confirmed
MCM London October TBC
 

 

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