Sunday, December 10, 2006

Did you know the last post was no. 400?

Well I had to squeeze it in on the odd spare minutes, but I’ve managed to finish the first pass at a new comic script called ‘Wedding Bells’, and I’m quite happy with it. It’s the first time I’ve tried just plotting something. My usual method is to make it up as I go along and then rewrite, fiddle, procrastinate, scrap, cut, paste and generally worry the thing into submission. Plotting doesn’t feel like proper writing, it’s still making it up as I go along, but without actually trying to write prose. Now I’ve got a full(ish) plot I see the wisdom. There’s the framework of a story that I can easily mess about with and there’s still enough room to add new stuff so I hopefully won’t feel like I’ve stifled off any possible future creativity.
It still sort of bugs me that Burgess made up Clockwork Orange as he went, but then if I start talking about my writing and Burgess I’m onto a bit of loser aren’t I:) And, y’mow, whatever works for you.

7 comments:

I. N. J. Culbard said...

I love plotting. And Scheming.

paulhd said...

You aren't nefarious by any chance?

Peter Bangs said...

Original thought is like original sin: both happened before
you were born to people you could not possibly have met.
- Fran Liebowitz

Check out shaun tan's site for an interesting essay on originality and creativity and another on picture books and their audience.
http://shauntan.net/comments1.html

Both worth a read.

paulhd said...

Love Shaun Tan, had no idea he had a website, I'll go there now.
BTW, saw a children's picture book called '108th Sheep' by Ayano Imai, it's a beautifully elegant looking book, very lovely indeed and I insist everyone who reads these comments goes and has a look at it here!

Andrew Glazebrook said...

I often do that with my work,in fact most of it,just make it up as I go,sometimes one scene can be completely different by the time I've finished and hit the render button,even then I can make more on the spot alterations once I get the pic into Photoshop !

Peter Bangs said...

No update for over a week, hope you're all well and this is because you're drawing/writing.

paulhd said...

Has it been that long? Bloody hell.