As part of my ongoing attempts to improve my writing and general creative ability, I went to my first session of a local writers’ group this week. Well, self-improvement and the fact that it’s very easy to get  a little stir-crazy being cooped up in the flat at all hours outside of work. It’s great to be involved with a group of other creative people again, since the Comics Collective’s drink and draw dissolved.

I don’t mind admitting I felt a touch out of place, seeing as the others reading their work out that night had material that explored history, the depths of human relationships, the life of Shakespeare. What’d I bring? A graphic novel script-in-progress about mages. Fighting a fae automaton. While posing as social healthcare workers.

Fortunately, the others were more than willing to get stuck into the advice, and I had some great feedback that I can take right to the keyboard! It’s fantastic to get constructive criticism; when you’re writing or illustrating, especially a long work, it’s very easy to become blind to plot holes, bad dialogue and the like. Having an outside view, especially from others who are writers themselves, really helps to enforce the internal logic of the story and form the perception of characters.

I’m really looking forward to writing more of the script now, just to see what comments I’ll get back for it! If you’re a writer and you’re looking to improve your craft, you should definitely look out a writing group. It’s a great way to get advice, and it’s a good night out for socialising!

Anyways, enjoy today’s page, and I’ll catch you all again on Monday for a lovely, heartwarming scene!