Monday, April 28, 2014

My Writing Process

Athina over at Between My Lines recently tagged me for the Writing Process Blog Hop. (Thanks, Athina!) To see what her writing process is like, just click here. To see mine…just keep reading! ;)

1) What am I working on?

My current project is the webcomic Echo Effect, which is a modern-day sequel to the Narcissus and Echo myth. It’s an ongoing series that you can read on my website or over on Blogspot.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I tend to write fantasy stories that are dark and tragic; some of my WIPs can even be classified as horror. That’s usually not obvious on the surface, though, thanks to my comedic way of storytelling and cartoony art style…

3) Why do I write what I do?

Dark, tragic stories have always been the most satisfying to me, but I also happen to be that oddball who thinks darkness and tragedy are more effective after a reader’s been lulled by comedy…

4) How does your writing process work?

I have to outline the entire story before I ever start any writing. (That’s right, I already know how Echo Effect ends. No, I’m not gonna tell!) Once I get around to writing the scripts, I only jot down the dialogue I plan per page. Figuring out a character’s actions and exactly how many panels there’ll be is something I worry about while drawing. Also, I only write a couple scripts at a time, since there have been cases where I scripted too much or too little for a page and needed to merge/divide some of them during the drawing stage.

Now is my cue to tag others for this blog hop. Well, I’ve already seen plenty of people participate in it, and since it’s been hard for me to keep up with the blogosphere lately, I’m not exactly sure how many others have also done it. So, I’m taking the easy way out and tagging anybody who’s been wanting to do this but hasn’t had the chance yet!

43 comments:

  1. As a horror writer myself, I think you're right. People love comedy (or even a mystery/thriller), but everyone gets squeamish about horror. I'm toning down my horror and writing thrillers now. I'm not comfortable with it though. *sigh*

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    1. I love horror so much, I sometimes forget that there are people who get squeamish by it, heh. My reason for adding comedy actually isn't to tone the darker elements down; I believe it helps make them darker, since those elements are now more surprising. (That could easily just be me, though!)

      Anyway, good luck with all the thriller-writing you've been doing! Hopefully it'll become more comfortable for you with time...

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  2. You already know the ending? I always think I know the ending and then my characters mess everything up. Good for you for sticking with the plan!

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    1. Yep, the end has been planned since 2012! My characters better not change it at the last minute. I've already been laying the groundwork for the one I have in mind, so it'd be disastrous if things didn't go as planned, heh.

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  3. Very interesting! I'm a planner, too, and always know how my work ends, but you've got a longer, ongoing WIP, so that must be even more of a challenge when the end is a while away!

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    1. Compared to other projects of mine, Echo Effect is actually a pretty simple story, so it won't be too long of a wait! (Admittedly, it'll be another couple years or so before I can draw the final strip, but considering how there are some webcomics that last at least a decade, a couple years really isn't all that bad!)

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  4. OMG! You know the ending!!

    Yay! Another outliner. I don't get people who don't outline or plan. I'd feel so lost.

    I have to say, I love reading about people's processes. I don't think I have one. I just scramble around lol!

    I love horror but I'm so scared to write it haha!

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    1. I used to be a pantser when I wrote novels, but that often resulted in messy stories that were a headache to fix, I must admit. Now that I make webcomics, I have no choice but to outline, since I no longer have the option to go back and add in clues or plot lines I suddenly realize I need, and wow, it is so much more fun, not to mention freeing. It's a lot less stressful, too. Outlines FTW! :)

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    2. I used to pants too. It does result in messy stories!

      Oh yeah because you publish as you go along. That must be really hard and scary to know you can't chance it once it's out there.

      Outlines don't get enough love!

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    3. Yeah, it definitely feels scary at times. Luckily, Nicholas and Coco haven't made me stray from my Echo Effect outline yet, so hopefully that continues to be true!

      And hey, at least we love outlines! ;)

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  5. I love the dark and tragic too, especially with some dark humor thrown in.

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  6. Your work is ana interesting blend!

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    1. Glad you think so! I personally enjoy this kind of blend, but it's always hard to tell if others will or not!

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  7. It sounds like we outline the same way. *high five* I always know the end when I start a project, or I can't get past the first 5 chapters. (Yes, I've tried.) I always love a little darkness mixed with some comedy. Horror should be balanced with fun.

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    1. *high-fives back* ;)

      Horror and fun go hand-in-hand, I think. It's a great way to keep the scares from becoming stale!

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    2. Or too heavy. No one wants to be weighed down, eh?

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  8. I generally don't know the ending when I start, or if I do it's quite vague. I enjoy seeing where I end up which is so unlike me in normal life where I plan, plan, plan!

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    1. I can definitely see how that'd be appealing. Since I make webcomics, though, and don't have the option to go back and change a strip, I have to make sure I know everything ahead of time so I can include all the necessary clues from the beginning!

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  9. Hey Heather! :) You know the ending, huh? Oh, you're killing me! I knew the ending on Divided too, but it's not that I know it every time. Well, I happen to know it for Damaged too. hehe.

    Having to outline the entire story before you start any writing seems too hard! I usually know the start and then it's like connecting the dots. Your writing process sounds neat. :) Well done!

    I look forward for the rest of the story and I'm waiting to see them kiss!hehe.

    I'm glad you joined the hop. Have a beautiful week.

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    1. It's not that hard, actually! In fact, it helps make things less stressful. I'm not able to revise past strips once they've been posted, after all, so I have to make sure I know everything ahead of time so I can include all the necessary clues! Echo Effect would be a total mess otherwise! ;)

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  10. I only know the ending on some of my novels when I start writing them - I think that's cool that you know! Lulling people into a happy place and then, ba bam tragedy - that's clever. ;)

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  11. Hi Heather. You sure have an organized approach. Knowing how a piece ends saves time at the end. Not always easy to do. Echo Effects is really coming along. I'm up to #126 now. I'll be back :)
    Shells–Tales–Sails

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    1. Definitely saves time!

      And ooh, you're about to reach some...er..."fun" comic strips... *laughs maniacally*

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  12. I'm an outliner, too, otherwise I'd never get anything finished! :P I also love horror and all things creepy, but I tend to balance it with a sense of fun. Different levels, depending on whether I'm writing MG or YA/NA!

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    1. Horror is always more fun when there's some...well, fun!...mixed in! It helps make the scares that come later more effective, too... ;)

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  13. I'm an out-liner, too. I've really enjoyed your Echo Effects comic. Will you ever make it a hard-copy book?

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    1. I'm in the middle of making that happen, actually! I'm still working on the cover and some other extras, though, so I honestly can't say when the first volume will be published yet...

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  14. I'm a panster, but I really admire those who have the discipline to outline. I enjoyed reading about your writing process. Very inspiring. I'm now your newest follower.
    Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

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    1. I used to be a pantser, too, but outlining just ended up clicking with me more! And thanks for following! :)

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  15. Your writing process sounds so distinct. I wish I could know how my story was going to end before it ended. But then again I write romance and they always end with a HEA.

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    1. A lot of my projects have a bit of a whodunnit element, so if I didn't figure out the end ahead of time, I'd probably end up writing myself into a corner!

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  16. A little black humour is great! After all life is seldom all comedy or all tragedy, so why would it be that way in a story?

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    1. Exactly! It's more realistic this way... ;)

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  17. Um, I almost hate to admit it, but I'm one of those squeamish types. Can't do horror books or movies. My grandkids called my a wimp.

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    1. LOL, you'll need to avoid a lot of my projects, then...

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  18. Really cool! I love the horror genre.
    I might have to steal this writing process thing for my own blog. :)

    paynesgrey

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    1. Ooh, it'd be really fun to see you post about your own writing process! And I love how you're a horror fan, too! :)

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  19. I loved reading about your writing process.
    I didn't use to be a planner but I'm slowly becoming one. :)

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    1. Same here! I used to be a total pantser before falling in love with plotting... :)

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