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Too cold to open the window, so I sit here in my stale air.

I've been outside only once in the past...what? The past week? I lose track.

I've never made a secret of the fact that I dislike writing. But there are the aspects of writing that I dislike, and then there are the aspects of writing I very, very much dislike. I very much dislike writing comics. And every time I quit, I swear I'm never going to do it again.

I'm not entirely sure I can explain. I mean, yes, I can explain. Were you sitting here, I could explain it to you quite well. But I'm not entirely awake, and one-on-one conversation and being articulate in the LJ are two different beasts. Largely, it's about constraints. My voice is hugely constrained in comics. But it's also about tedium. On a good day when writing comics, I may spend as much of 75% of my time describing panels for authors. Not writing, just trying to get the artist – whom I likely never will meet in person – to understand precisely what I mean, so that she or he can draw it. That's not writing.

So far, Alabaster: The Good, the Bad, and the Bird has proven spectacularly tedious. I'm taken it apart and started over three times now. And I'm not much more than halfway through the first of five issues.

This isn't writing.


Please have a look at the current eBay auctions. Two items in particular: an ARC for Cherry Bomb (which comes with a monster doodle, the first I've offered in over a year) and the very first copy of Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart that we've ever offered. Both come with a free Alabaster "Because Bird" pin.

Now, back to work

Doing This Thing Instead,
Aunt Beast


( 5 comments — Have your say! )
Oct. 13th, 2014 07:56 pm (UTC)
What part of writing do I dislike? The editing/rewriting part. It improves everything, but I still hate looking at piles of pages and going, "...yeah, I have to slosh through all of this."

My partner's a lot better about it than I am. She's more noble about her suffering, though, so I never know how much she hates or likes it.

Comics, on the other hand? I love planning and writing for them. Editing and fitting the lettering in, that aspect is difficult. Thankfully, I don't edit anyone else's work so I can shuffle words around as much or as little as I want.
Oct. 13th, 2014 08:28 pm (UTC)
Normally, I don't rewrite. I produce a single draft. My "first draft" is my final draft. I work it all out in my head as I write, writing at a sentence level.

I do not edit. I do not rewrite.

I can't do that with comics, and I loathe this work.
Oct. 13th, 2014 11:23 pm (UTC)
Are you forced to submit a formatted screenplay?
Oct. 14th, 2014 12:09 am (UTC)


Well, that's essentially the format I use. With DC and Dark Horse both, that's what is required. It is essentially a screenplay format. But, I can think of nothing that would be more appropriate or efficient. And I've been doing this since 1996....
Oct. 14th, 2014 12:17 pm (UTC)
That's cool. I think I would only dislike it if I had to describe every panel, rather than letting the artist decide what they want to do.
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