February: Outlining and Storyboarding

Do you identify as a pantser or a plotter?  I start off as a panster (someone who writes by the seat of her pants) and slowly become a plotter (someone who has things, or at least most things, figured out).  Outlining has come a long way since the rigid Roman numerals approach they teach in school.  Even if you are a pantser, chances are you’ll need to use an outline at some point: the story may be written, but you may need to go back and figure out if it’s consistent.

I’m excited to learn about storyboarding.  I currently have no plans to write a graphic novel, but I’ve always been curious about how the stories are created and designed.  I’m quite sure I’ll be thieving an idea of two to help me in my writing!  And, who knows, maybe I’ll be inspired to include writing a graphic novel on my bucket list.

Next Saturday’s meeting will feature VP Starla Criser speaking about outlining and Daniel Love talking about how to story board a graphic novel.  Starla is also going to lead the indie segment.

What’s this about an indie (independent) segment?

After January’s meeting, the Board met and reviewed the suggestions people gave us regarding meeting topics.  We want to present “how-to” programs that are helpful to both the beginning and advanced writer and an “indie” segment that is intended as a mutual sharing of information on subjects such as e-publishers and small presses, social media, websites, etc.  Not yet ready to publish, but  need some feedback?  Bring a few pages of your writing!

Although our meetings technically run from 1:30 to 4:00, we actually rent the room until 6:00.  After some discussion, it was decided that while that makes for a long day, we might as well use the time and try to present specific program blocks.  The third portion will be the “indie” portion:

  • 1:30: Introductions and Announcements
  • 1:45: First Program
  • 2:30: Break
  • 2:45: Second Program
  • 3:30: Break
  • 3:45: Indie Program (Discussion / Critique / Craft)

KWA is going to provide water.  Feel free to bring a beverage with you.  The room temperature can be difficult to moderate, so you may want to dress in layers to ensure that you are comfortable.

See you next Saturday!  Happy scribbling!  Lisette