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  • I expected a list that was more nutsy-boltsy,* but what Sean says is pretty much spot-on.




    *One such truth would be 'don't shift scenes in the middle of the page,' something that Larry Young has previously harped on as an amateur mistake that would get your pitch dismissed at AiT. It's also a rule that I've seen such amateurs as Alan Moore and Warren Ellis (and me) break.


  • Point #3 implies the importance of getting pages out there on the net for free so they can be seen by as many eyes as possible. I know that message has come up here on SW a lot too.
  • *One such truth would be 'don't shift scenes in the middle of the page,' something that Larry Young has previously harped on as an amateur mistake that would get your pitch dismissed at AiT. It's also a rule that I've seen such amateurs as Alan Moore and Warren Ellis (and me) break

    I didn't even know this was considered a rule by many until Joss Whedon got lauded for breaking it. Personally, I find sticking to the page turns makes for stale pacing, just like having the same type if cliffhanger over and over.
  • edited January 2014
    As for the actual text, it's all good advice. Especially #4. I've never seen it argued like that, but it makes absolute sense. I keep hearing the "write/draw every day" line over and over, and it made me feel uneasy because I learned early on that I need my breaks.
  • One such truth would be 'don't shift scenes in the middle of the page,' something that Larry Young has previously harped on as an amateur mistake that would get your pitch dismissed at AiT.
    Why, yes, of course — infinitely preferable to 'decompress' your scene so that it fills a whole page rather than break the scene at its natural conclusion.

    I love these arbitrary rules for the narrative form. One of my personal favourites is watching writers tie themselves in knots with unwieldy narrative devices, when all they actually need is a thought bubble.

    :-)
  • " infinitely preferable to 'decompress' your scene so that it fills a
    whole page rather than break the scene at its natural conclusion."

    What I do when it happens is compress rather than decompress, but that's me. But I also don't think this is a rule - it just bothers my.....something between OCD and sense of aesthetics.
  • It's a rule (or guideline), not a law.  I find that scenes that change at page breaks read more naturally – like sentences that end at panel breaks, or chapters that end at issue breaks – so I tend to write them that way.  On the other hand, the Best Gay Erotica story I've been making noise about had four different scenes going on at once, one panel per page, and that worked too.
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