February 2017

Comics: turning to other forms of literature

A stack of "The Flash" comic books

When people think of writing, they often immediately think of novels or of that report that they have been meaning to write.  However, writing can be so much more than that.

With the help of visuals, comics can express so much that words often cannot.  For example, take a look at the panel below.

Building habits to be a better writer pt. 2: write daily

Spongebob struggling to think of something to write

The best way to get better at anything is through lots (and lots) of practice. If you want to improve your writing, write more! Many successful authors advocate daily writing, but how can you get into the habit of writing every day?

● Set goals

Show, don't tell

A picture of a paper octopus coming out of a book, clutching a paper ship

Descriptive writing is what can help an author flesh out the world they are creating in their books and transport readers into fictional spaces. Some authors take a rather flowery approach to this, while others give only the necessary details. Regardless, most of the famous authors adamantly believe in the concept of “showing, not telling”.

Reading and writing as an escape

Old book open with flowers on it

My favourite thing about reading and writing is the ability to get lost into a different world.  Sometimes life can get overwhelming with all the things that we have to do.  It is often hard to set aside time for reading or writing, but it can be really important to do so.  

When I say reading or writing, I don’t mean reading your textbook or writing your school paper.  I mean writing a poem, fiction story, or blog post.  I mean reading that novel you have been meaning to read, or that comic book that your friends keep mentioning.

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