So, you want to be a comic book writer? If you’re reading my blog, then my guess is that it is highly likely to be the case.
Like with anything, if you want to learn to write, you do it through study and practice.
If you’re new to the subject, then there are a lot of books out there which cover the basics of writing. Structure, characters, format, that kind of thing.
Pick up one of those books first, become familiar with the basics, then pick up Words For Pictures next.
It’s not that Words For Pictures doesn’t cover how to write comics, because it does, but because it reveals so much more about the process of writing for comics. Every page contains a wealth of information. If you truly want to appreciate how great this book is, you go read another ‘how to write comics’ book and when you’re done, you’ll be left with a ton of questions about how to break into and work in the industry.
This books answers them all.
Words For Pictures was written by the talented Brian Michael Bendis who not only teaches comics as a subject, but has written every major franchise at Marvel from the Avengers to Spider-Man to the X-Men.
It starts out with chapters dealing with why a writer writes and how to write – not only scripts, but proposals and story outlines as well.
It covers in a chapter what most books spend their entire contents examining.
The books also looks at how to write for artists by interviewing artists. What mistakes many newcomers make, what excites artists, what you should and shouldn’t do.
The most valuable chapters is titled ‘The Editors’ Roundtable’ and consists of an interview with editors who actually work in the industry. If you want to get hired to write comics, this is a must-read.
And then along with a F.A.Q. and writing exercises, this book also examines the business side of comic book writing too, something most writers don’t ever think about.
I’m a writer with a professional credit to my name, and this is a book I still go back to and re-read on a regular basis.
Words For Pictures is an invaluable resource. If you’re serious about becoming a comic book writer, then pick it up.