I’m currently writing what I hope to be a graphic novel. Well that was the intention anyway. I had the ideas and images designed in my head already so started to put the story down on paper. What I’d intended to be 6 to 8 pages of basic notes has kind of gotten away from me a little. So far I’m on about 30 pages of A4 and that’s just the story set-up! I know it’ll need some editing and finesse-ing but I’m seeing this project taking a lot more time than I thought. It may end up as a book.
It’s been a long time since I’ve done any creative writing, probably not since the piece for Garden Funnies which was only a short children’s comic about rabbit detectives searching for lost carrots. I enjoy making up stories and working through them in my brain-hole when I’m bored or painting the fence or some other monotonous task and this is one of those stories. I’m not sure that it will turn out to be anything special, or whether anyone other than me will even like it!
It’s a little frightening when you show someone something you’ve written, it’s not quite like drawing a picture because you can see how it looks and can tell if it’s shit or not. But with writing it’s more subjective. I can read what I’ve written and straight away I get the tone and pace but someone else might read it and think it’s sarcastic, slow or, worst of all, dull. Criticism, no matter how well intentioned, can cause me stop in my tracks and continue no further because I feel stupid. What possessed me to think I was any good at writing a narrative, and why did I think anyone would even WANT to read my pile of shit? I cry! I find with writing it’s incredibly personal, you’re opening up a part of yourself that people may never have seen before, or even knew existed (and honestly probably don’t really care that much about). So it can come as a blow if someone doesn’t like your stuff. I guess this is why I’ve started a blog, ease myself in gently and get used to people picking my writing apart.
So when it gets under way I may post bits and pieces and see what people think. And if my writing fails at least I have a great illustrator to carry my weak story!