The Tools of These Trades

Yesterday I noted how I’m bouncing from writing a story to drawing a comic book to writing the script of the story that is informed by the story I’m writing and the drawings of the characters.

It’s a great way to bring a story to life. Maybe it’s a lot of overkill but I’m having a ton of fun.

Since I really have very little to show of my studies and work as yet, I want to share the various tools I’ve started using. And, bear with me, these are all coming together to tell the story. Normally, I think a storyteller would be wise to pick just one of these directions, (artist, writer, script writer, 3D modeler) but not me.

Writing: Scrivener

Scrivener. It’s the best for writing a book. I’m using it for writing the script now, and it’s great, but I’ve heard there’s better scriptwriting software out there. But since I’m not made of money and already have scrivener, I’m loving what I have.

Drawing: Photoshop / Manga Studio 5

I started in Photoshop, but I just got Manga Studio 5 and I’m dying to start using it. But before I do that, I need to finish the script, at least the script for the first episode.

I’m still debating if it’s even worth it to think about a printed comic (which constrains episodes to 22 pages) or just F-it all, start making the thing and care about pages and books and printed stuff some other day.

3D Modeling: Blender

I started using Blender back in 2000. Maybe 2001. It was mad crazy powerful then, (AND FREE) and it’s even more mad crazy powerful, and even more free. The learning curve is steep and I still consider myself at the foot of that mountain, but it gets me what I want for the character layouts. (At least until this Manga Studio app which has a 3D modeler built-in to help with poses and camera angles OH MY GOD I CAN NOT WAIT.)

What about books, you ask? I’ve bought too many. Here’s the ones that kept my attention and have helped me so far, (and I’m sure you’re nodding your head thinking, “yes you’ve improved so much since your last story I never read because you never released it).

Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies For Every Writer

Get it. Go get it now. Even if you don’t write. Even if you don’t speak english. Even if you’re a dog and these black lines on this screen mean nothing to you, go get that book.

And today I just bought this one:

Save The Cat

A book about script writing that’s so much more than that. It’s about getting your story tighter, having the vision, the direction, blah blah. I really am not entirely sure, I’m only on page 3. But it’s good.

So far.