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E.C. Henry

Billy, your appreciation for Shaun Tan's "The Arrival" speaks volumes for how writers should interface with readers. A good story invokes powerfull images which the reader then plays with in his own mind and creates a story in his (or her) own mind, which may or may not be as the writer intended.

One point that keeps getting hammered home the more I send my work out to get critiqued is, READERS ARE WRITERS IN DISQUISE. Give them a couple of powerfull images -- and what do ya know their writing a story of their own!

Not that I'm exempt from this phenomenom. I tend to watch a movie, then if it sparks my mind, alter it / play with it my mind to tell a different tale, which I of course always think is an improvement on the original.

Ah, the fustrations of dealing fellow creatives, BUT at least you seam to have a handle on it, Billy.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

Christian Howell

Images are the backbone of every word I write.

Instead of, "pizza boxes are scattered next to beer cans and crusty plates," I say "reminiscent of a badly kept crack house" in one script.

I found a really cool practice tool over at Mystery Man's site. Someone posted a script with no dialogue (very little) and I found that it's a good exercise.

I describe it as "finding the body language to match an emotional outburst."

I may try to do a short using the technique. It cam out pretty good and forces you to think like the writers before the "talkies."

But in regards to your statement about how writers got their point across to the masses, THAT WOULDN'T BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE INTERNET.

Now that's dramatic irony.


Thanks for the scoop on the book, Billy. I'll definitely check it out. I think some of the most inventive work these days is being done in the "graphic novel" form, where the writer simultanesously acts as an artist, a screenwriter and a director. I really like the work of Allison Bechdel ("Fun Home") and Daniel Clowes (everything's great), and I see that you have Adrian Tomine in your list of faves.


oooh -- that Tan book looks fantastic! Have you seen Blood Song: a silent ballad by Eric Drooker? It's beautiful (and wordless).


EC: Good story = powerful images is a solid equation, in my book.

Christian, re: the irony -- so true! And I like the body language/ emotional outburst idea.

Scooter: Tomine's my fave of that bunch, but I've been meaning to check out Bechdel and will get to it (her).

Jen: I loved "Blood Song!" Great minds...

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