For anyone who's a writer, I need help.

  • Flare9052

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    Jan 11, 2013 12:44 AM GMT
    Iv been stuck trying to start a story for my comic I plan on drawing out eventually. For anyone who's a writer, I am having difficulty coming up with an introduction.
    I have a main character, the city, friends and family, as well as my own solar system all ready. I don't know where to start writing.

    Anyone have any idea's on how to start an introduction?
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    Jan 11, 2013 12:47 AM GMT
    You have to bee more specific what is your comic going to be about.
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    Jan 11, 2013 12:47 AM GMT
    You don't need an intro. Just start the scene. Fill in details as the scene/story progresses.
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    Jan 11, 2013 12:50 AM GMT
    Present.

    Worldbuilding is nice, but bottom line is you need a plot, which you failed to mention if you have.

    You do not need to write a comic in sequential order. Go to another scene if you're stuck on the introduction. It will flesh out your story and potentially give you a place to start.
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    Jan 11, 2013 12:55 AM GMT
    Start anywhere; you can work backwards via flashbacks etc or once begun, think of how the character got there, write it out, and then begin again with that.
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    Jan 11, 2013 1:00 AM GMT
    I've never written a story or comic. I have written music. I usually have a climax and or theme that I then create the rest of the piece to support.
    Don't know if it helps. I can't stand great development that ends in a disappointing mess.
  • Flare9052

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    Jan 11, 2013 1:03 AM GMT
    Baalsabo saidPresent.

    Worldbuilding is nice, but bottom line is you need a plot, which you failed to mention if you have.

    You do not need to write a comic in sequential order. Go to another scene if you're stuck on the introduction. It will flesh out your story and potentially give you a place to start.

    The plot is building... I don't think about that one right away. The main character is a student, who realizes he had powers and is sent to an acadamy to further learn his abilities. The school he attends is run by a tyrant king who has plans to use the gifted children as his own private army. The main character and 2 other friends found this out closer to his graduation. They plan to run from their home world and start a new life on another planet, continuing their education and training.

    I skipped a few places there, but when he realized he had powers, I need to come up with a scene where he might actually be forced to use them, possibly by anger or being scared.
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    Jan 11, 2013 1:04 AM GMT
    Once upon a time.......

    You're welcome icon_wink.gif
  • Flare9052

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    Jan 11, 2013 1:09 AM GMT
    Palpatine saidI've never written a story or comic. I have written music. I usually have a climax and or theme that I then create the rest of the piece to support.
    Don't know if it helps. I can't stand great development that ends in a disappointing mess.

    Actually writing music is harder than writing a story in a comic or book. Hell I wish I could write music. Like telling a story but there more to it, hard to explain. And trying to find a melody that will go with the lyrics, that's difficult unless your musically trained. Then singing those lyrics gets pretty interesting.

    Your right though, a theme and a climax, ill think about that thanks.
  • Flare9052

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    Jan 11, 2013 1:10 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidOnce upon a time.......

    You're welcome icon_wink.gif

    Lmao unless I was writing for disney... that would fly to well lol.
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    Jan 11, 2013 1:30 AM GMT
    Flare9052 said
    Palpatine saidI've never written a story or comic. I have written music. I usually have a climax and or theme that I then create the rest of the piece to support.
    Don't know if it helps. I can't stand great development that ends in a disappointing mess.

    Actually writing music is harder than writing a story in a comic or book. Hell I wish I could write music. Like telling a story but there more to it, hard to explain. And trying to find a melody that will go with the lyrics, that's difficult unless your musically trained. Then singing those lyrics gets pretty interesting.

    Your right though, a theme and a climax, ill think about that thanks.


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  • Flare9052

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    Jan 11, 2013 1:31 AM GMT
    meninlove said Start anywhere; you can work backwards via flashbacks etc or once begun, think of how the character got there, write it out, and then begin again with that.

    I like your ideas, thanks ill look into it.
  • reptile18

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    Jan 11, 2013 3:21 AM GMT
    What's the setting? Modern or Olden time? What are his powers? Does he have any friends before he enters the academy? What are his parents like (if they're alive)?

    I believe Blake Snyder's Save the Cat, the book on screenwriting, says something to the effect that the opening image to a movie should be a hint to the audience of what's to come. So maybe have just one short scene that gives a preview of the powers/the academy/the tyrant king/etc

    The introduction should probably involve him figuring out that he has powers so that the readers can start the journey with him...
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    Jan 11, 2013 3:29 AM GMT
    Best solution. Failure. Just write something down, odds are you will change it anyways (it's the writing process). Keep editing and re-writting and you'll eventually have a product you're happy with. '
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    Jan 11, 2013 3:34 AM GMT
    Northish99 saidBest solution. Failure. Just write something down, odds are you will change it anyways (it's the writing process). Keep editing and re-writting and you'll eventually have a product you're happy with. '

    This ^^^
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    Jan 11, 2013 3:44 AM GMT
    "It was a dark and stormy night......"

    If I'm not mistaken, this is a similar beginning to "The Six Bunny-Wunnys and Their XK-E." Or was it "The Six Bunny-Wunnys Join an Encounter Group"? Well, it really doesn't matter....they're all excellent literature. Ahhh, Miss Helen Sweetstory....oh how that woman can write!
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    Jan 11, 2013 3:51 AM GMT
    You can always start off with something obscure and build on it.
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    Jan 11, 2013 3:54 AM GMT
    Amazing how many guys that give advice on writing have typos in their responses! icon_wink.gif

    Since the story involves a tyrannical antagonist with sinister intentions, maybe you want to start all hopeful and happy: your protagonist has been accepted into the Academy for the Gifted and shows up at the Hall of Introductions of his new alma mater. (Which of course is an anachronistically Neoclassical building. May I suggest the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco?)

    While he thinks fitting in with the crowd and mastering his course plan are going to be his greatest challenges, he soon realizes the stakes are much higher. Etc. etc.
  • Flare9052

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    Jan 11, 2013 4:09 AM GMT
    Scruffypup said"It was a dark and stormy night......"

    If I'm not mistaken, this is a similar beginning to "The Six Bunny-Wunnys and Their XK-E." Or was it "The Six Bunny-Wunnys Join an Encounter Group"? Well, it really doesn't matter....they're all excellent literature. Ahhh, Miss Helen Sweetstory....oh how that woman can write!

    Ok it was a dark and stormy night. Its great to start with another one of my main characters later in the story. icon_smile.gif this planet doesn't normally storm due to the fact its closer to the sun.
  • HottJoe

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    Jan 11, 2013 4:09 AM GMT
    You could start with an alien attack. And maybe the aliens are human-like, and they occupy earth and enslave people. But then an alien and a human fall in love.....

    Just take a page from Shakespeare and end it all tragic and twisted, with bodies piling up on every page.icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 11, 2013 4:13 AM GMT
    Flare9052 said
    Scruffypup said"It was a dark and stormy night......"

    If I'm not mistaken, this is a similar beginning to "The Six Bunny-Wunnys and Their XK-E." Or was it "The Six Bunny-Wunnys Join an Encounter Group"? Well, it really doesn't matter....they're all excellent literature. Ahhh, Miss Helen Sweetstory....oh how that woman can write!

    Ok it was a dark and stormy night. Its great to start with another one of my main characters later in the story. icon_smile.gif this planet doesn't normally storm due to the fact its closer to the sun.



    "It was a dark night......" icon_cool.gif
  • Flare9052

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    Jan 11, 2013 4:32 AM GMT

    themachine saidAmazing how many guys that give advice on writing have typos in their responses! icon_wink.gif

    Since the story involves a tyrannical antagonist with sinister intentions, maybe you want to start all hopeful and happy: your protagonist has been accepted into the Academy for the Gifted and shows up at the Hall of Introductions of his new alma mater. (Which of course is an anachronistically Neoclassical building. May I suggest the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco?)

    While he thinks fitting in with the crowd and mastering his course plan are going to be his greatest challenges, he soon realizes the stakes are much higher. Etc. etc.

    That's an amazing idea. Very nice. I wrote that down as an idea, if anything its very very good.
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    Jan 11, 2013 4:34 AM GMT
    Flare9052 said...
    Anyone have any idea's on how to start an introduction?
    Welcome to writer's block.

    Stop relying on other people to come up with stuff.

    Take a break till you can think up your own shit.
  • Flare9052

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    Jan 11, 2013 4:34 AM GMT
    HottJoe saidYou could start with an alien attack. And maybe the aliens are human-like, and they occupy earth and enslave people. But then an alien and a human fall in love.....

    Just take a page from Shakespeare and end it all tragic and twisted, with bodies piling up on every page.icon_wink.gif

    I have something like that happening. But that will be revealed during the revolution.
  • Flare9052

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    Jan 11, 2013 4:37 AM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    Flare9052 said
    Scruffypup said"It was a dark and stormy night......"

    If I'm not mistaken, this is a similar beginning to "The Six Bunny-Wunnys and Their XK-E." Or was it "The Six Bunny-Wunnys Join an Encounter Group"? Well, it really doesn't matter....they're all excellent literature. Ahhh, Miss Helen Sweetstory....oh how that woman can write!

    Ok it was a dark and stormy night. Its great to start with another one of my main characters later in the story. icon_smile.gif this planet doesn't normally storm due to the fact its closer to the sun.



    "It was a dark night......" icon_cool.gif

    Now that's perfect. Ill just spit shine it and give it a spin.