Writing Without Fear – To Make Your Story Work Sometimes You Have To Discard Everything

Hero Ted 2.0Hero Ted has got an upgrade, with a smoother style and clean lines I have finally arrived at a character I feel that works, fits my art style and I am comfortable drawing to reboot the Hero Ted comic the second Teddy Bear Tales book that I will be creating as artist and writer. Continue reading

Writing Without Fear – Before The Pixar Inside Out Movie There Was The Numskulls

Pixar Inside OutIn this Writing Without Fear column we are going to quickly talk about original story ideas, and how their isn’t really any, and how it is all just variations on a theme. This week Pixar is about to release their next animated feature which is called Inside Out, that features animated versions of our emotions sitting in your brain and controlling you – sounds pretty original, eh?

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Writing Without Fear – Write Your Story No Matter The Character You Choose

Nick and Tristan the Teddy Bear at VA Comic ConWelcome to my third Writing Without Fear article, this is my exploration of the world of writing, of creating and building your own characters, and telling your own stories.

Today’s commentary and exploration of writing was prompted by this article ‘The 3 Reasons Why Indies Should Never Use Superheroes‘ that was knocking around my Facebook feed at the start of the week. Continue reading

Writing Without Fear – Spooky Abigail – Not Quite The Worst Witch Yet Synopsis

Spooky Abigail Limited Edition Cover

In my last Writing Without Fear I showed you all the treatment I wrote for Teenage Witch Comic – Spooky Abigail. That was largely a tribute post about the sad death of Sir Terry Pratchett, showing how I learned to embrace the absurdness of my humor and how I try to translate it into my writing. To continue on this theme of writing without fear, I want to share with you the the full Synopsis I wrote for the first issue of Spooky Abigail, and then sent to the books artist Veronica Smith. Continue reading

Writing Without Fear – The Treatment For The Spooky Abigail Comic Book

Spooky Abigail - Witch in Training

Spooky Abigail – A Teenage Witch In Training (T)WIT)

Yesterday we learned that Sir Terry Pratchett had died, a unique and much favored author of fantasy, sci-fi and I guess with Dodger historical fiction. Within my eulogy I had vowed to start, or more correctly keep writing without fear and I want to share with you my first leap of faith. I had been contacted last year by PRM Comics to write a treatment for their newest creation Spooky Abigail, a teenage witch with a rat without a cat, she lived in a peculiar fantasy world and the book needed some direction. So I stepped up, writing a treatment about the world and the script for the first Spooky Abigail book. You can read it below after the Jump. Continue reading