So you want to write a graphic novel. Where do you begin? Are illustrations or storyline more important? How can you translate action into pictures? All of your questions, and more, answered in the next few sections!
Before you start actually creating and writing your graphic novel, make sure you’ve checked out the Getting Started page first. Once you have decided which materials and equipment you will use, you are ready to being drafting your outline.
If you’re planning to write and illustrate your graphic novel alone, you have many roles to play. Sometimes creative teams are made in order to fill all of the parts, which include writer, penciler, inker, letterer, colorist, cover artist, designer, and editor. Depending on what medium you chose to work in, these roles may not be as important, but it’s worthwhile to understand the requirements of each. Keep in mind that there is no shame in collaborating on a graphic novel. In fact, many of the best and most-well known examples out there are collaborated works with multiple authors.
It might be helpful to define a goal for yourself and your graphic novel. Do you want to create a series of web comics with a strong internet-based following? Are you trying to impress a crush with your creative abilities? Maybe you want to write a graphic novel for the money and fame (if so, good luck with that)? Whatever your goal is, understand that being an artist is almost always a struggle. Your graphic novel will never be perfect.
The important part is that you keep trying and keep practicing. As with everything in life, anything worth having is worth fighting for.
Keep your head up high, let the pencils fly, and most of all, have fun!