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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Advice: Don't stop writing

Sunday, April 04, 2010 Posted by Chris Tung , , , No comments
If there's anything I learned from Wondercon, it's that you actually HAVE to write. After the Friday "Writer/Artist Speed Dating", I realized that the biggest problem in the room wasn't that the ratio of writers to artists was about 4:1, but that the people that believed they could "write" comic books never actually put the pen to paper. And if they did actually start writing, a lot of them never fully developed them.

I talked to quite a few people that were trying to "get started" or trying to "break in", but when I really talked to them, they had an idea but that there was no full script. OR the artists that I talked to didn't bring their portfolios to an event like this. If you want to get discovered and you're a writer, you bring samples of your writing or any possible credentials that you might have. And if you're an artist, you BRING YOUR PORTFOLIO! How else am I supposed to adequately gauge your art if all you tell me is that you can draw. Your word might mean something else where, but your actions speak louder than words.

And it's the idea of "action" that is the crux of the problem. No one ever asked me to write God Among Men when I first started and no one is asking me to write what I am currently writing on. Reason being, I'm not Geoff Johns or Allan Heinberg. I don't get paid to do the job because I am a 20 year old nobody trying to break in, but does that mean that I can just sit around and write fan fiction in my head? No. There is no time like the present to start writing, and if you want to get in the industry, you write and write and then submit to companies. Marvel isn't going to phone you up and ask you to write. You cold submit to Dark Horse, Image, Viper Comics, Committed Comics, Archaia, etc. until someone says, "Hey! Let's meet up sometime and talk about this"

Until you get that email, you keep writing. Correction, you get that email and you continue to write because that's what I've learned in these past few months. Once your idea gets contracted and the honey moon period goes away, the book still isn't out and you still have nothing to show and so you keep writing. I thought I was hot shit because I had a book at a company but then pencillers drop out and colorists can't deliver and the book doesn't come out when you want it to, and I realized that the time I wasted after I put the last period on God Among Men was time I could have done developing another idea and using my momentum and experience to get to the next place.

And that's what I hope this next project will be and who knows maybe it'll get picked up or maybe not, but that doesn't mean I should stop writing. You keep writing until Marvel or DC gives you that call, and when that call does come...you write better and faster because once you think you "made" it, there's still a hell of a lot more world out there.

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