While illustrations and visual creations are certainly important in developing successful graphic novels, a strong script is paramount. Anyone who has ever read a graphic novel without a strong storyline will agree that a graphic novel where nothing really happens is boring. Sure, the characters might be interesting, but without plot points and a strong narrative, your story will go nowhere.
Once you’ve written your outline, it’s time to move on to the format and script.
Ask yourself some important questions at this time:
- Who might read this? Who is my target audience? How old are they?
- Are all of my characters relatable? How can I make them more realistic?
- Is the story going to have a first person, a third person, or an omniscient (an “all knowing”) narrator?
- What is the time frame in which the story will take place? A day? A month? A year?
- What tense am I going to use? Will the story take place in the present (“I am jumping”) or in the past (“I jumped”)?
- Is my story going to be funny, serious, adventurous, romantic, or all of the above?
Of course, there are many more questions that you can ask yourself. Be honest with your answers, as not knowing where you’re going or what you’re trying to do will make creating your novel quite difficult.