ComicLab Ep 320 — How to Write a Short Story
We often advise that beginners write a few short stories to sharpen their comics-making skills before they tackle that 200-page epic that they’re burning to produce! But how do you write a short story? Today’s show offers an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide! Use this blueprint to participate in the ComicLab Short Story Challenge! PLUS… if it’s a benefit to list your comic on as many eStores as possible, why is it a bad idea to do the same with crowdfunding platforms?
ON THIS WEEK’S SHOW…
- How to Write a Short Story
- Brad’s Short Story Challenge
- Using pre-readers
- The More the Merrier, part 1 —Multiple eStores?
- The More the Merrier, part 2 — Multiple subscription sites?
THE COMICLAB SHORT STORY CHALLENGE
Write a comic between eight and 16 pages using the Story Circle as a guide. The Story Circle has eight steps: You / Need / Go / Search / Find / Take / Return / Change. There is more information on the Story Circle in the links below. You may spend up to two pages on each step. No more. Each written page must translate directly into a page of comics, so be sure to take that into account when you’re writing! Your final comic must tell a complete story — no cliffhangers; no open-ended conclusions! It must have a beginning, a middle, and an end. When you’re finished, post it in the #Imadethis channel on the ComicLab Discord server so we can all marvel at your prowess!