Rewriting Lust #1
Due to writer’s block and some reviews (4 positive, 2 negative), I’ve decided to revise the concept of Favor of Ares. I had too many concepts and the characters seem flat to me. I will be splitting up the concept into four parts. I received this idea from Comfort Love and Adam Withers “The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Comics. The first part of the concept is “what are you making and why?”
I chose their book because they make their book easy to follow and has tips from a variety of writers and artist in the business. To me they have proven themselves as successful on the independent scene.
What am I making and Why?
Years ago, I wanted to create a comic book. Then I deployed and changed my comic book script into a novel. Then I learned about Japanese light novels when I started watching Sword Art Online, Black Bullet, and High School DxD. Finally I wanted a product that can be adapted into a television series, movie, or animated. The light novels are a perfect fit for me because I’m not a patient enough artist to do full on comic book work and my strength as far as comic book production is concepting and writing. That way I can do “splash page” illustrations to include inside the book. I can then release the book as a traditional novel and a illustrated edition like Harry Potter and Game of Thrones.
The other inspiration is that I love greek mythology and crime shows. I was a huge fan of CSI, before Grissom left. Hercules was one of my favorite shows growing up. The idea of the seven deadly sins was also interesting to me, so I wanted to put those elements together and come up with an intriguing book. In fact I wrote my the comic book script because I was motivated by CSI, X-men, and the animated cartoon Mighty Ducks. If I knew now, what I didn’t know then, my core idea for the concept was characters(Mighty Ducks), setting (X-men), and plot (CSI). Then I could of started my outline, instead of writing on the fly. Although, nowadays outlining can be more time consuming then writing.
Over the years I’ve learn from different types of writing and drawing books. I even watch television, film, and anime in a more critical analysis. My inspiriation for Favor of Ares has changed. To keep things simple my inspiration for plot(Men in Black). This movie is about an experienced agent who recruits a new agent to help police the world from aliens. I always saw Favor of Ares being similar. Now according to Blake Snyder in Save the Cat, Men in Black falls under his “Monster in the House” genre, with a subgenre of “Pure Monster.” The inspiration for the setting was hard. This had to include a magic system, since this is a fantasy literature genre. Ghostbusters is perfect, because I want two races, humans and ghosts. Now my system will be based on the proton packs and traps, but magical in some way. My inspiration for characters? Well I still want to play with the seven deadly sins and I want the characters to have clear characterizations. I decided to adapt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This gives me eight characters to share the protagonist role. I will go into research, characters, and setting next entry.
I’m already getting excited and revirgorated. Hope this gives you some insight to my thought process.
Until next time,
Artists and Authors Mentioned
Snow White and Seven Dwarfs
Men in Black
The Mighty Ducks: Animated Series
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