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    Determining A Medium?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Brainstem, Aug 21, 2012.

    Hey all! I'm conceptualizing a story, loosely plotting it out, and trying to determine in what medium I should write. I had initially thought of a novel, if only because it's the go-to thought of mine for "writing," but the idea of graphic novels came to mind. How do you, personally, decide the best way to present your story?
     
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    Well, I write my stories in screenplay format, but everyone has a different way of writing a story. So I suggest that you write a story in a format you are more comfortable with writing.
     
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    If you are thinking it is better set for a graphic novel it is because the story has:

    Great opportunities for an artist to make awesome art,
    Will use the medium standards to tell the story better, cutting out a lot of clutter,
    Is 'light' on dialogue, no more than 50 words of dialogue a panel (lessens as the panel size does)
    and your target audience is more likely to enjoy the story as a marriage of art and dialogue, rather than letting their own imagination run with your description.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    Thanks for the quick replies, guys. I'm trying to consider which medium would best suit the story from a consumption stand-point. I'm not really seeing it being produced in any filmed medium (rather, I suppose I could see it as a television show, but the gratification of completing such a work seems like it would take far longer and television production isn't a big goal of mine), which leads me to consider it best to novel, graphic or not.

    For your checklist, Bell City Fires (I'll just call you BCF, if that's okay :D), I definitely agree with the first. The whole story is a pastiche of fantasy and myth, which lends itself very well to awesome art. I don't necessarily know which medium works to tell the story better; I think it's really a give and take. The history and depth of the setting are more difficult to explore in a graphic novel (unless I go full Watchmen and include pages of supplementary text), but the subtlety of visual, as opposed to written, descriptions of events and characters is something I'm very fond of. I do enjoy writing dialogue, but I'm not as big a fan of writing out descriptive text. The target audience would be young adults, who I'm fairly certain are very receptive to big visuals in their stories.

    So I guess, what that boils down to, is that the scales seem pretty evenly balanced. Hm.
     

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