Writing a Graphic Novel

No, a graphic novel is not one with Too Much Information. It is a novel written in comic book form. Many kids (and adults!) won’t even consider reading a full length novel. But they love comic books. So creative writers invented the graphic novel. Most of these works target the young adult market, and many are adaptations of existing traditional books.

However, if one can learn to write in the graphic format and do so with an original plot, editors will notice. It is not necessary to be an artist. In fact, it is best if the artwork is left to the publisher’s prefered artist. Here are some general points to keep in mind:

  • Not as many words can fit on a page and pages are called “panels.”
  • Conversation will carry the plot.
  • Sound effects can be written.
  • Writing format will be similar to writing drama or a movie script.
  • Graphic Novel is a craft and must be learned.
  • The proposal will be in a different format than for a traditional novel.

When sending a query, or meeting an editor, ask about their interest in the graphic novel. Most publishers now have a graphic novel imprint.

A good introduction to graphic novel can be had by perusing the website, www.GraphicNovelReporter.com. This is a general market site, but is helpful for those who want to learn more about this genre. The website http://www.fuelyourwriting.com/ka-pow-the-basics-of-writing-for-graphic-novels/ offers a good short description of how to write a graphic novel.

The graphic novel was a new phenomenon ten years ago. It is still cutting edge, but is here to stay. It may offer a way for aspiring writers to break into the market and get  paid for doing what they love–writing.

I found the following book on Amazon:

The Everything Guide to Writing Graphic Novels: From superheroes to mangaall you need to start creating your own graphic works (Everything (Language & Writing))

Related content: http://www.scriptfrenzy.org/introtocomicbooks

Kathryn writes on Mondays and Thursdays at www.KathrynGraves.blogspot.com and on Tuesdays and Fridays at www.KathrynGraves.wordpress.com.

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