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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Manchester MCM is coming up! we'll be trialling some new merch there- BADGES
mostly, so if you have the chance to, pop on by! We're almost ready to go on the
next issuse of FL too, the next page will finish up this chapter then we'll be
ready to print!
Can we get a little feedback from you please? We've been thinking about collecting the first 6 issues of cherry into a full paperback colour volume- judging by the prices of the previous volumes of FL this would probably cost about £10-12. Let us know in the shoutbox if this is A) something you'd like to buy and B) something you might pre-order if we decided to crowdfund the printing in advance. I usually just fund our print volumes, but since they can take a while to break even, sorting out some pre-orders could be a nice way to finance part of the printing.
Conventions this year will be:
MCM EXPO October TBC
Leeds Thought Bubble
For every £ 15.00 raised I draw a new Cherry comic
Current Total: £0.00