National Graphic Novel Writing Month, Day 9: Can conventions get your graphic novel written, part two
Day nine, in the middle of New York Comic Con, and pointing out that comics conventions can be good for your graphic novel.
You can see who else is out there. A quick trip through Artists Alley will find you numerous styles and artists who may inspire you, and if you strike up a chat with them, some may even be willing to collaborate with you.
You can attend various panels on the craft of writing, and hear how some of your idols solved some of their own writing problems.
You can make industry contacts, people you may be able to show your finished graphic novel script.
But the important word back there is finished. You have to have a script ready to drop in the mail the second that an editor or publisher says, “sure, send it to me”. More, you have to have your graphic novel so well put together in your own head that you can verbally deliver what it’s about– one, because carrying around a script is awkward and geeky, and two, because knowing it means you can tell it.
So make no mistake, the goal is to finish writing. A convention can help you, and can certainly help your career, but you can’t have a career without something to base your career on.
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