I am slowly finding out what method works for me when it comes to putting together comic book dialogue. With enough effort, one day I hope to get really competent at putting together realistic, natural-sounding dialogue for my comic book characters.
“Even if things didn’t turn out the way you wanted them to, you simply have to accept them and move on. Understand?”
I pity myself.
For far too long, I have resorted to playing this blame game. When the going got tough, I kept trying to find people/things to blame for my troubles. It brought temporary relief to point fingers, but ultimately I was just making excuses, as usual.
I was making excuses for the world apparently treating me unfairly. I was making excuses because others were “stealing” my opportunities away at me. I was making excuses that my situation wasn’t going to get better because no obvious and immediate solutions to correct my various problems appeared in front of me.
I finally learned to stop doing this. It took more than a year, but better late than never.
I could spend a lot of time contemplating about a million things, re-evaluating the hindsight I had back in the day while trying to debate to myself about whether I made the right moves or not, but I am just dwelling on things I can’t affect anymore. It’s water under the bridge now. It’s time I just focus on what’s ahead of me.
Toward my future. Step by step. With unsheathed claws.
So I came across this particular website the other day for someone’s gaming stream website.
The tagline stood out to me – “Female is not a handicap.”
Now, first off, I will openly admit that I am not a feminist. Perhaps this has to do with me always coming across zealots in the news who claim that women are “always treated inferior to men.” I guess I sort of have this tainted view of feminism where it seems like women just want more and more things, and a defined plateau of where feminists want to reach isn’t quite clear to me at times. However, I do consider myself very open to the notion of equality for both genders whenever applicable.
A few months back, it was a radical idea for me to try creating a new superhero concept, especially considering I’ve never done it before. I never took any classes or had any formal training, so it was me shifting gears from aspiring journalist to wannabe comic book author on a whim. Quite the 180 degree turn, I must say.
I was definitely no natural. My first rough drafts were super cliche and cheesy, plus I learned the hard way of putting together a script – and I was just doing the “easy” part of making a comic book concept.
But I kept hacking away at it, learning how to pick up simple tricks to ease the learning curve. At this point in the process, I am very pleased with my progress as a comic book author in training.
“Hearts grow bitter with regret at things that cannot be changed.”
Though I am genuinely becoming happier, I feel like mentally I am pretty much exhausted.
My mind is still a bit muddled and weary from all of the depression I have had to deal with, and this has caused me to get tired a lot faster during the course of the day than normal.
It’s a tad annoying when I have so many different goals I want to accomplish before I take the next appropriate step in getting my life back together.
However, it is also a promising sign in the sense that it shows that I am capable of a lot if I can get things done while not being at 100 percent.
I just need to be patient until I am completely well again. My full potential will be unveiled, soon enough.
“Dementors are among the foulest creatures that walk this earth. They infest the darkest, filthiest places, they glory in decay and despair, they drain peace, hope, and happiness out of the air around them … Get too near a Dementor and every good feeling, every happy memory will be sucked out of you. If it can, the Dementor will feed on you long enough to reduce you to something like itself … soulless and evil. You will be left with nothing but the worst experiences of your life.”— Remus Lupin
A daily dose of minor accomplishments can go a long way, it seems.
For instance, today I bought gas so I could refill the lawnmower so I could go mow the lawn. Nothing extraordinary by any means, but completing simple tasks has allowed me to crack a smile or two throughout the day. And this is one+ more smile than usual when you mope around like I have for the past year.
Every little victory leads to me becoming a bit more confident than the previous day, eventually building up to a point where I can be 100 percent “whole” again.
I suck at writing dialogue. It’s been my biggest weakness in all of my comic book scripts so far. My issue is I tend to write so generically with conversations that the characters fail to develop their own voices and personalities.
However, my friend is who very knowledgeable of comic books suggested various strategies to deal with dialogue problems.
Let’s face it – journalism isn’t appreciated that much these days.
Journalism has been a struggling industry for a while now, in fact. The need for journalism has shifted, and this has caused the industry to fire journalists (both young and old) left and right because newspapers and companies cannot afford to keep them.
It’s a difficult time to be a journalist, and I do fear for all of my journalist friends out there. Their job security hangs by a thread in many cases, and this is because newspapers are finding difficulty in earning money.
It used to be people would rely on their newspapers to provide them with their daily dose of what was going on in their local community and around the world. The concept of waking up with a cup of coffee in one hand and the newspaper in the other is being phased out, slowly but surely.
Hello there, job candidate.
I have this business where I have positions available for you to apply for. These particular positions are for starter-level candidates, but I would prefer to hire someone with “experience.” Let’s say three years at least would be preferred. Oh wait, let’s make it four years to be safe.
Yeah, four years at least, otherwise I can’t consider you for this job that is meant for people starting out.
You’re just someone who graduated from college with limited experience to your name? Gosh, I’m sorry to hear that. I guess I can’t consider you for these particular positions if you don’t have the required experience on your resume.
Tough break. Be sure to apply again in a few months when you have acquired more experience.
Huh? You’re saying other places are telling you the same thing? They won’t give you a chance to work for them to build up experience because you are “inexperienced” for the job?
Well, golly, it kind of sounds like you’re in quite the bind. It seems like you’re saying that this is some kind of experience paradox …
Story writing is hard, at least if you’re trying to be completely original.
A lot of people will be quick to criticize a plot that is similar to another story in any shape or form. And rightfully so, it would be nice if every story out there could be 100 percent original, but who are we kidding?
There comes a point when certain cliches and tropes will pop their way up in a story. After all, this is why these elements are considered common writing devices in the first place. One can see these cliches a lot these days. We still come across the good vs evil plots, the predictable love stories in movies, the “coming of age” tales … there are way too many to count.
I guess the notion of originality really got to me as I was trying to come up with my comic book concept’s main plot. I kept running into situations where it was like “This has been done before …” And it would stop my story’s progress right in its tracks.