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Offline gamermikelds

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Writing Chapters
« on: January 25, 2015, 11:21:53 PM »
How should I write chapters of a story? Should I do it like a novelist does, or something else? Because manga are comics, and have small amounts of dialogue in a panel when dialogue is present. Would it be better to write in a playwriter's fashion? I don't really know.

I'm no good at drawing, so I don't think that, if I were to find an artist to do the whole manga for me, I'd be convincing enough with a storyboard.

I've looked at different writing styles on here, but I'm not really sure what to do in this regard.

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Re: Writing Chapters
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2015, 11:49:36 PM »
Great Question. Contrary to popular belief Comics, and Anime are not written in the same format as Novels, or Screenplays. I write all of these, however there are differences and for good reasoning.

When and if you ever submit your manga for publication, or to an artist they are going to look for it to be in a special format. This begins witht he synopsis, which varies in length from story to story, but is about 1-3 pages in general. After the synopsis the script is being broken down into page summaries, panels, actions details and dialogues. This video gives an indebt explanation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Wu37WhaY8s

I highly suggest clicking that link, also here are some actual published comic strips.

http://www.comicbookscriptarchive.com/archive/the-scripts/

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Re: Writing Chapters
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2015, 11:58:32 PM »
That actually fits in more with what I was thinking. It's nice to have knowledge of authors who wrote that way.

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Re: Writing Chapters
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2015, 01:07:20 AM »
I think it just comes down to personal preference really. You can experiment with different writing styles and see which one works best for you.

1. Novel Prose http://www.wikihow.com/Format-Dialogue-in-a-Story
2. Screenplay http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Screenplay
3. Manga Scritp http://ifanboy.com/articles/writing-comics-scripting-programs/

Finally, here is a great image for you that illustrates the differences between a screenplay and a comic/manga:

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.

Check out my stories here: http://forums.mangaraiders.com/index.php?topic=12492.msg213349#msg213349

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Re: Writing Chapters
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2015, 08:01:06 AM »
ONLY STORYBOARD/SCRIPT WHEN YOU ARE PRESENTING TO AN ARTIST.

If you want help with developing and writing your story, write in a novel or play-script style so that it can be read and easily understood and gives the most amount of descriptive detail you think is needed. Because when there is no art, readers have to rely on their imagination to envisage what you are telling them and get a full enough picture to then help you.

You can always script and storyboard after the fact. So best way to write a story is however is most comfortable to you so that you can tell the whole thing, and then you can focus on how it needs to be presented to an artist.

Readers on here should never even really have to see the script or storyboard for the artist, it's a middle part of production in between 2 'complete' ways of showing your story fully and only for use by the artist. We should see a piece of writing or a comic strip.

An important consideration when you are writing however, is to keep in mind the rough number of pages the piece will end up being in a comic strip form, as you have to aim for consistency in length and good pacing.

Obviously if you want help with scripting or storyboarding then that is a different issue.

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Re: Writing Chapters
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2015, 12:59:03 PM »
ONLY STORYBOARD/SCRIPT WHEN YOU ARE PRESENTING TO AN ARTIST.

If you want help with developing and writing your story, write in a novel or play-script style so that it can be read and easily understood and gives the most amount of descriptive detail you think is needed. Because when there is no art, readers have to rely on their imagination to envisage what you are telling them and get a full enough picture to then help you.

You can always script and storyboard after the fact. So best way to write a story is however is most comfortable to you so that you can tell the whole thing, and then you can focus on how it needs to be presented to an artist.

Readers on here should never even really have to see the script or storyboard for the artist, it's a middle part of production in between 2 'complete' ways of showing your story fully and only for use by the artist. We should see a piece of writing or a comic strip.

An important consideration when you are writing however, is to keep in mind the rough number of pages the piece will end up being in a comic strip form, as you have to aim for consistency in length and good pacing.

Obviously if you want help with scripting or storyboarding then that is a different issue.
Great advice! I wouldn't have said it better myself.

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Re: Writing Chapters
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2015, 07:34:28 PM »
You get quite well versed in it after a few months of repeating it to yourself and to newbies :P