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I like to use programs like the notepad on my phone or celtx if I want to write in screenplay comic script format~
Now as a starting comic artist you might wonder if it’s easier to start a comic script first before creating the characters. Or should you map out the characters first then write the script?
In my opinion as a 4 time published comic artist I’d say….it’s interchangeable.
How to Write a Comic Script
When I first started out I read a lot of books where it spoke about the importance of drawing the characters first but there were other books that said the exact opposite
In my experience what is easier depends on what works best for that individual. Some people plan out their script before creating the characters because they have the scenriors that they want to draw in mind.
Others have characters design they want to see or like and then do the script plotting second. What I’d suggest is to see which one you have.
This is my favorite book that goes more in-depth into the different ways you can go about writing your comic script and I totally recommend you check it out!
Do you have a scenario you really want to draw out or is there a certain character you like and want to map out? Whichever your answer is I’d suggest going with that.
For me personally it switches a lot of times depending on what might inspire me. Sometimes I see a certain character type that I like and I then build a story around what happens with this character.
Other times I might see a certain situation that inspires me and I build characters to react to this situation.
My Recommended Writing resources:
Here are a list of a few of my favorite writing author/podcast and books and I totally recommend them to all beginner comic script writers!
- Brain McDonald -Invisble Ink
- Chris Oatley PaperWings Podcast
- How to Draw Shojo Manga
- Shojo Beat Manga Artist Academy
Once you have your story all finished and drawn up then stop on over to my other blog post where I share how I published my comic in 3 easy steps.
I also include some beginner friendly comic supplies within that post as well!
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!
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