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How Do You Make A Graphic Novel?

Hey guys, sorry for disappearing for so long. I’m really trying to get myself in a place where I can get published. However, now I need your help.

While focusing on my short stories, I have decided to pursue a side project (eventually, I don’t have time right now). I want to start a graphic novel series meant to teach children (at the middle grade level) about history. I really hope I can actually pull this off.

First, I have a question for you guys: What is inappropriate for a middle grade reader? What level of violence is too much? I know this is completely subjective, since some people are fine with a 10 year old playing GTA and others won’t let their 16 year old read the Hunger Games. But I want to know what you guys think.

Now, here’s what I need: Graphic novels are generally large projects put together by multiple people. Have any of you guys actually put a graphic novel together? If so, how did you go about doing it? Does anybody have any advise as to how to get a group together to pull a graphic novel off (I’m thinking it would likely be a self-publish thing)? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

An Update

I have been very busy with work and writing lately, but I thought I’d give you an update. I have signed up for Scribophile under Matthew Hess, Writing.com under BD Hesse, and Writer’s Cafe also under BD Hesse, so anyone with accounts at any of thos sites can feel free to find me there.
Eventually I’m hoping to get back to my The Boy in the Woods story, but my first priority is trying to get a short story published. I also want to go over some of my other stories and edit them, but that will be done after I finish The Boy in the Woods.
In the meantime, I will try to post more regularily.

The Meaning of Names

We get a lot more information from names than we probably should. There are certain names that we associate with certain occupations or lifestyles. For example, whenever a character in a show or movie has my first name, they are either trailer trash or a stripper. Add my middle name to the mix and my name just screams trailer trash (thanks mom and dad :P). Names like Bob and Dave are often associated with blue collar jobs, but Robert and David are more white collar (either that, or they’re Mormon missionaries). Stacy and Brittany have long been associated with woman who are dumb and blond, or who are promiscuous. But names like Laura and Theresa are generally connected with being more respectable and possibly religious. Names mean a lot to us, even if we don’t realise it.
Since I’ve been thinking a lot about the power of names, I thought I’d try something in the comment section:
Tell me the story of a person named Alex. Who are they? What do they look like? What do they do?
and/or
Tell me the story of someone named Kris. Who are they? What do they look like? What do they do?

What Would You Like Me to Write About?

Since I’ve been doing this blog for a year now, I thought I’d try something a little different. Are there any questions that you’d like to ask me that you’d like me to respond to in a post? Is there something you’d like to know about me? Or some topic you’d like me to discuss? Are you interested in my opinion on anything? Let me know in the comment section.

I Love the Smell of Books in the Morning

Today was a great day. There is a huge used book sale that takes place annually in my city. They have over a million used books between $3 and $5 a piece. The sale began today, so my fiance and I dragged a large suitcase to it and loaded up on books. We ended up purchasing 44 books. Used book sales are great because they are significantly cheaper than going to a book store, and you can generally find books that you can’t find anywhere else. I managed to get a bunch of books by Isaac Asimov, including most of the Foundation series, a few Dune books, two Terry Pratchett books, which was unfortunately all they had, and a selection of other sci fi and fantasy novels. I also got a selection of Christian books since I have strange hobbies. We’re thinking about going back tomorrow evening to see if they have the remaining books on even cheaper. If so, we’ll probably fill another suitcase.

The End is Nigh…

I’ve been watching a lot of Doomsday Preppers and now I want to write an Apocalypse story. What seems more likely/worrisome: aliens, robots, or a plague?

How to Write Descriptions

One of the things I find most difficult about writing is trying to figure out how much detail to add. Different stories require different levels of detail, and it can be difficult to determine whether a story requires more or less details. It’s also difficult to determine where the detain should be and what it should describe. Are the pants important enough to the story to describe what they look like? What about the scenery at this moment? Does this read like a science fiction story or a literary piece? Should I focus less on dialogue and more on description? Do I have the right balance? All of these questions plague me when I write.

How Would You Create the Universe?

Or rather, how would you write about the Universe’s creation? What would that story look like? And why? Coming up with ways to destroy the Universe, or at least the world, is easy. But creating it seems a lot more difficult. However, it also seems more interesting to me.

The Dystopian Future

What type of dystopian future seems more probable: an apocalypse, a worldwide disaster, or an environmental collapse? What makes for a better story? What books offers the best dystopian future story?

The Alien Invasion Story

What alien invasion/abduction story has the most unique or interesting plot? What differentiates it from other stories about alien invasions/abductions? What is a unique twist in an alien invasion/abduction story that you have never seen but would like to?

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