The way that I write my webtoons and create a compelling story is I use lots of questions because questions create curiosity which creates compelling stories cause as humans..we’re nosey~
Brainstorming for Writing Webtoon:
My whole webtoon episode is basically focused on answer one central question and I sprinkle in little tiny questions that branch off within that question.
For example my webtoon Catch Me! Fight Me! Love Me! is basically about whether or not two co-stars pretending to be married will actually fall for each other.
So the question that I have my main female character Oriana ask is if Jae-hwa (her fake husband) Doesn’t care of if he is just saying that?
The question that the main male character Jae-hwa ask Oriana is why isn’t she interested in relationships?
From those two questions I can now branch in more questions by using the who, what, when, where, why and how method to write out more questions.
Book recommendations to learn How to write webtoon comics:
One of my favorite how to draw manga books goes into larger detail on how to map out a compelling story using this method and I totally recommend you guys give it a read!
How to make a story feel complete?
You can also make a story feel complete if you actually answer the first question that you created for your story.
What I like to do to sort of hook my readers by answering the tiny questions that are branches from the main question
Now questions are great to use to create cliffhangers because that’s basically a question that hasn’t been answered and left the reader hanging.
When I write out my webtoon I always start each episode with the main question and then I pop in another smaller question that’s tied into the main question in a way that brings a little more clarity.
So for example with Jae-hwa the main question is if he cares or if he is just saying that?
Now the question I would add that ties into the main question using the 5W1H methond would be: What would he do if Oriana didn’t show up for work?
I will then have the full episode answering that question and showing his reaction to this situation.
Now if you read this episode it feels like we’ve made progress within the story because we learned a little more about the character but we still don’t have a straight answer to the main question but we feel like we’re getting closer.
When I write my webtoon I like to try to focus on questions and answers as well as using situations or incidents around me and thinking what would my characters do?
Also just a small reminder that even if the story might not be compelling to others that doesn’t mean it’s not a compelling story.
If it connects with you and you like it then that’s what matters and those who are on the same wavelength as you will also like it.
THat’s the beauty of creating webtoons and stories in general. We can put out a wavelength into the void and others that can hear it will follow it and find us~
What should you do next?
If you have any more questions feel free to leave a comment down below and I’d be happy to answer them!
I also have a free ebook where I cover how to make, publish and monetize a webtoon comic for beginners!
Also if you’re looking for a wholesome, fake marriage trope, AMBW manga webtoon to read to pass the time then you might want to check out Catch Me! Fight Me! Love Me!