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Happy New Year!!
I hope you and your loved ones had a great holiday. For me, there’s nothing like starting off the new year with a new panel of DOC MONSTER!
I’ve got some language in that last panel, and it makes me think that, like all good movies, this story should have a rating on it. I know, that when going into a movie (or reading a story, for that matter), I’d kind of like to know what KIND of story I’m seeing before I start…and that includes violence and profanity. In this case, I don’t think Doc is a story for young kids. There probably won’t be nudity or incredibly graphic violence, but there will be some horrible things. Maybe PG? Hmm. I’ll have to think about it.
Concerning writing, I was reading a bio of early 20th century science fiction author, E. E. Smith (I’m reading his 1947 novel “Spacehounds of IPC”) and he mentioned an interesting way to visualize pacing in a story….picturing it live a wave plotted on a graph. He described it has having “peaks” of action and “valleys” of backstory and discussion. Modern theorists have different names for it…action and reaction, for example, but for some reason that wave idea stuck in my mind. I’m going to try to keep it in my thoughts….Doc Monster is basically an action/adventure, so I want to make sure that the story is oscillating at a very regular rate. You’ll note that we started the story with an action scene, and now we’re seeing backstory. Action, will obviously follow, and so on. I suppose some variance of the idea can occur, but in general, I think that kind of balance is a good thing to be aware of when you’re telling a story. Too little action, and things get boring…too little backstory, and there’s no plot.