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Comics Writing Month: March 2011

Things around the Factory are winding down; the horizons are still coming off the assembly line, but a bit slower, as we’re all looking forward to our Thanksgiving Holiday.

As we reach the end of November, the Factory is disappointed that it didn’t churn out anything related to NaNoWriMo. Which is why we’ve decided to start planning early for Comics Writing Month in March.

But wait, you say, isn’t NaGraNoWriMo in October?
Yes, it is. And we here at the Horizon Factory think that that was incredibly bad planning.

If NaGraNoWriMo is in October, how are we going to have time to switch the lines from Graphic Novels to just-plain-old novels for NaNoWriMo in November?

So, we’re following the lead of chiharu_octavia, a user of something called “livejournal,” and planning on gearing up the machines for March’s CoWriMo (what do you call this type of abbreviation- syllabic acronyms?). Here’s their page from last year.

But, being the Factory, we’re going to do it a little differently:

First: To prepare for Horizon Factory Comics Writing Month, make notes, do sketches, whatever. Hell, make outlines or plot out stories, on paper or in your head. Whatever you want to do. After all, it’s your thing.

Then: Since we’re writing-people at heart and not drawing-people, we will be writing a script for a 32 page comic. You can do storyboards (we like calling them ‘name,’ like they do in Bakuman), rather than scripts if you like. The important thing here is that HoFaCoWriMo is about the story, the ideas, the characters, rather than the art. That can come later, after March. Feel free to do 32 daily strips/pages of a webcomic. We like the number 32 because it fits the traditional comics multiple of 8, and it means you’ve got to average just a smidge over a page a day for March.

Finally: At the end of the month, you need to have a script/storyboard ready to go. Get your friends involved so you have someone you’re accountable to.

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