Campfire Chats: Graphic Novels with Wes


Hi, my name is Wes and i work here at NaNoWriMo as the customer service captain So if you’ve ever sent in a ticket then i’m probably the one who’s answered it My writing routine is pretty random, it feels like, where Inspiration can come at any time and so i just need to make sure that i have My notebook; i keep a separate small notebook that i just carry around with me all the time I write it during class when i should be taking notes i write it you know i’ve jumped out of the shower with My hair still shampooed and i’ve written stuff in the notebook then so i Just try to get as much inspiration there so that when i find the time to dedicate an hour to Actually sitting down and writing i don’t have to worry about Having inspiration because i have it all there in my notebook I think it’s actually seriously left in my bathroom i don’t actually know. Yeah keep track of your notebook I haven’t totally ironed out my camp project yet but i am planning on working on a comic graphic Novel thing i’m not entirely sure how Long it’s going to be. But when you’re working on something like that i think the most important thing to remember is that it’s still a story and Something that happens a lot is i can get caught up in the art and i can get so focused on the Illustrations that i forget you know i’m trying to use the illustrations to communicate a story in a message So that’s the most important thing is to write as though you’re writing a story and let the art supplement that and You know, work harmoniously with that. it kind of depends on how. You, want to work i like to write it in a loose Semi narrative format i don’t really write it like a script i know some people do it that way So i’ll write something like You know it doesn’t even have to sound pretty. something like, taylor goes into the woods it’s dark and ominous. Taylor is small compared to the trees Then taylor says, oh no? So it doesn’t have to you know–it really just needs to serve as a guide for you While you’re drawing and creating later. the other thing to remember Is that you should really limit the dialog as much as possible because it takes up a lot of room on the page and That’s not really what people want to be focusing on…they want to look at your amazing artwork! when you actually get to the point that you’re doing the art and You can, do this sort of while you’re writing a story too, is to do thumbnails Thumbnails are so important because it takes no time at all. A thumbnail’s just a tiny little sketch where you’re working out the composition of whatever you’re doing. So while you’re doing that it’s important to remember that you want to use the same dimensions So if you will eventually be drawing on an 8 x 12, then you want to make sure your thumbnail is going to be two By three or something like That so just make sure that the dimensions are the same and then you can Sketch a million different thumbnails in no time at all and really get a feel for how You want the composition to look. those are my tips When you’re actually doing this on the campsite and setting your goal, we do have a pages option So you can set your goal in pages instead of words which is super helpful for graphic novelists and if you’re not quite sure how Many pages it’s going to be you can, change your Goal midway through the month. you don’t have to commit to a single goal, and have that be the only one. you can Adjust it as you get a feel for your project My novel! Okay, so since i haven’t totally ironed out my novel, do i get to write a novel about being stranded in the woods, like a how-to, guide? if it’s just, my rough draft and i really hate it I can just like tear it up and use it as fire Fire kindling no i wouldn’t do that. I’d be too lonely. Just read it over and over. This will be like my Wilson. yeah

2 thoughts on “Campfire Chats: Graphic Novels with Wes

  1. I'm planning on working on a graphic novel for Camp as well. The thumbnail thing is really useful! Figuring out where all the panels will go is the most difficult part for me!

  2. I want to do a graphic novel, but I'm in ink stages right now…and a single ink can take me a few hours depending on how detailed the work is. The "pages" goal during camp nano is set to a minimum of 30. That's great if you're sketching or writing prose, but that's BRUTAL for just about anything else. I can't put life on pause and dedicate 3hrs/day to inking (at minimum)…. So instead, I'm considering thinking of "pages" as "panels." Though panels are sometimes much harder to quantify depending on style. What do ya'll think of that? Is there anywhere I can request that the minimum be lowered?

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