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how write good

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Thought I FINALLY got the first comment but I was foiled by the other Substack I pay for

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Well technically I was foiled by the CREATOR of the other Substack I pay for lol. PS lots of great writing advice in CHIPCLASS ™️

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Dammit Chip! As an engineer my writing is just better than Chip! Need to add more math equations in writing to make me better!!!

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words make sentences

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Jan 23, 2023Liked by Brian K. Vaughan

Is there any crossover you’ve noticed between writing comic books/graphic novels and writing for the screen? And for something more technical I guess do you use a story map/ how do you go about creating one?

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Jan 23, 2023Liked by Brian K. Vaughan

How far ahead do you plan things, and what details don't happen until the last second?

Like- when Alana said that line in the first volume about "So what? Some guug with a hook hand comes after us later" did you already have Marco's fight with The Will plotted out?

Do you plan ahead as much for all of your series? Have there been any where you've just decided to wing it?

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Jan 23, 2023Liked by Brian K. Vaughan

Founder Level Renewal - I am happy to renew at the founder level of that is still a thing, wasn’t sure if it was automatic or if I need to do something.

I appreciate your insights and support. Our good friend and illustrator for the comic (The Enderthals) I’m writing with my boys just arrived in Tampa today and is staying with us this week, to get some more work done on our first book!

Anyways, again thanks for this excellent resource, and all the time and energy you put into it, I don’t plan on going anywhere!

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Thanks, Shane! We're pretty well founded, so we've gotten rid of the Founder option (at least for now), but I think you'll have the opportunity to resubscribe at the new annual level? Stay tuned, this is all new to us!

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Ok! Happy to Stay...Tuned 😎

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Jan 23, 2023Liked by Brian K. Vaughan

Ive been reading comics for the past 25+ years, and every once in a while through all this I’ll get an idea I would like to express as a comic book (I assume most comic readers do) but I never know to start. Not the intention of doing it, but more so the mechanics of actually putting the thing together, you know? I know this one is super open ended, but what would you say is the first thing I/we should do? The world needs my sadboy superhero epic!

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Jan 23, 2023Liked by Brian K. Vaughan

How do you plan out long term stories like Saga or Y: The Last Man and keep pacing right? Do you plan overall very loosely and then each arc more as you write? How do you know when things are right to bring in when and where to wait a bit longer for the best effect? You’re the master at this so I thought I’d ask how you personally go about this stuff

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Jan 23, 2023Liked by Brian K. Vaughan

Love that cassingleTM photo caption. I'm going to ask this again, and for the not final time, but how do you go about creating character names? Any resources, rituals, games that you rely on to name your characters? Any anecdotes about character naming hi-jinks?

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Jan 23, 2023Liked by Brian K. Vaughan

Usually, when are your scripts finished? When they feel finished, or when the deadline has arrived?

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How do you know when to quit a project that isn't going well? What I mean is - when you inevitably run into a wall, what tells you that it's either worth breaking through or spending your time doing something else?

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What does character creation look like for you? Is there usually a point where you think “oh yes that’s it”? Especially in serial media, are you thinking of characters in terms of their change over time, or their relationships to others, or immediate wants and deeper needs?

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LEONARD BERNSTEIN

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Jan 23, 2023Liked by Brian K. Vaughan

Hopefully this doesn’t just apply to me and my ridiculously uber-harsh self-critiques (see like that was way too many hyphens), but how do you get your writing out to people without feeling like it’s already a big mess that’s unfixable? What were the tools you used to get past that fear?

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Jan 23, 2023Liked by Brian K. Vaughan

I don't know that I'm an aspiring writer, but I'm always curious about what it'd be like to sit down and give it a real go. I'll have some idea I think might be interesting from time to time, but never take any time to note it or indulge myself. I'll make my silly question be this: what's your typical way of deciding what to write next: Do you just riff on whatever pops on in your head, or do you pick up on a theme you want to explore and go from there? Or some other wacky process I haven't imagined

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Jan 23, 2023Liked by Brian K. Vaughan

I was reading an interview Andy Weir (The Martian and Project Hail Mary) and when asked does he have a image in his mind of his characters physical appearance, and he responded that they are just kind of blobs (the interviewer was attempting to see who he would cast in a film adaption of Artemis, I believe). So what about you? Does doing comics force you to think of it more?

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Jan 23, 2023Liked by Brian K. Vaughan

How do you see on the page what you actually wrote, instead of what you meant to write?

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Jan 23, 2023Liked by Brian K. Vaughan, Niko Henrichon

Character creation. Do you create characters you find interesting and then load them into a plot/story you want to tell or do you retrofit characters to your story? What do you think makes for a compelling character? And when in the process do you create the arc? From the start, or after you’ve made them walk and talk a bit?

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