A confession for my writing group friends: I tried my hand at prose in middle school, starting my own fantasy series with sword fights, strong women, and shamefully overwrought love stories. Eventually I realized that I would have to start writing political intrigue, this being a fantasy story, and the thought of writing political intrigue was distasteful enough for me to abandon the project altogether.
About the same time I stopped drawing swords, I started reading Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics. With comics, I could tell stories, but I could tell them visually. Before you think your story would never work as a comic (or think that comics are just the for of superheroes), let’s look at some of the advantages to telling your story in two dimensions....
Read the rest at the Taipei Writer's Group blog!
(Some people would say that comics exist in four dimensions, since they work through time, but then, so do prose stories. I like the idea of stretching a story into visual specificity.)