Remove this ad
First  Prev  1  2  Next  Last
Post Reply How to Write A Manga
47304 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
38 / F / USA
Offline
Posted 9/17/10
How to Write A Manga Script

Write A Story Synopsis.
Being a freelance writer, I learned a long time ago that you can't develop your story until you know where it's supposed to go. Your objective? Write a one paragraph synopsis of your entire story, leaving out details and character specifics. Then take that paragraph and reduce it down to one sentence. For example, Dragon Ball Z might be "a group of friends battle strange enemies to protect the Earth." Does that really cover DBZ? No, but it sums up where the story will lead.

[red]Create Character Profiles[/red]. [/b]In order to develop your story, you need to know who your characters are. Where did they come from? Do they have morals and values or none at all? A love interest? A best friend or an arch enemy? What makes them tick? Write a complete profile as if you were telling someone else about your guy or gal. Develop their strengths and weaknesses as these will come in handy when you begin to develop your storyline.

Write Your Story. For the moment, don't think about layouts or issues. Just write your story. What happens? Who does it happen to? Why did she leave or why did he come back? Will his powers ever return? Why did he lose them in the first place? Get all your questions answered on paper first. Then it's time to...

Think First Issue. With the "bigger picture" in mind, think first issue. You'll need to give some background to your story and you'll want enough current action to keep the reader intrigued for your next installment. Decide how much information you want to give in your first issue. Got it? Now you're ready to storyboard.

Layout Your Storyboard. [/red]"Storyboard" is a phrase that refers to the layout of your manga or comic. Each panel conveys a certain amount of information and will also contain your artwork. Don't worry about the illustration right now (unless of course, you can draw as well as write!). Just focus on the text. Who says what to whom? What action scenes will you include? What information will they provide? Break your story down into pieces that you can section off into individual panels.

Bring It All Together. It's time to pull your story together with the artwork. Either find yourself a good anime artist, or, if you're feeling adventurous, try your hand at drawing your own characters. There are several great books out there that teach drawing, as well as a few good online sources. Bring each character to life with various facial expressions and the dialogue you created in the storyboard.

[red]Publish. Ready to deliver your pilot issue to the masses? Try TOKYOPOP's Annual Rising Star of Manga contest or put your manga online by setting up your own website. Good luck!

Tips:
If you're having trouble, start with some Fan Fiction. The characters are already created, all you need to do is play a game of "what if?" to come up with an alternate storyline.
Look at some of your favorite anime shows and mangas, and try to figure out why they're your favorite. Is it the action? The characters? What makes it so great?
[red]Don't rush your masterpiece. Sometimes, great ideas can just come to you, but don't get frustrated if the development process takes longer than you imagined.
3983 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
21 / F
Offline
Posted 9/18/10
haha this is cool ^-^
2522 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
18
Offline
Posted 9/18/10
Aha, very good advice (:
58799 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
22 / M / Vana'diel
Offline
Posted 9/20/10
Read Bakuman...
23120 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
22 / M / On an Enigmatic R...
Offline
Posted 9/20/10
obviously if you dont have talent in drawing dont try making a manga
2241 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
26 / M / Elk Grove, CA
Offline
Posted 9/20/10
Great advice, roshbob, that is rather helpful.
3008 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
19 / F / art room (room 203)
Offline
Posted 9/20/10
nice!!!
492 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
Offline
Posted 9/20/10
thanks:) that helps even though i know most of it its a good motivater
47304 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
38 / F / USA
Offline
Posted 9/22/10
not true. you can easily find an artist to bring your vision to life if you create a good story idea. There are sites that have illustrators for hire just waiting for a good story.
47304 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
38 / F / USA
Offline
Posted 9/22/10
I can't draw to save my life but when it comes to stories they fly out of my head onto paper. Some good, some better left in my head but still I try to see where the tale will take me.
Posted 9/23/10
good advice
Posted 9/27/12
Yes!
426 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
23
Offline
Posted 1/26/13
for me all I do is take a piece of paper and scribble down a few parts about the past of the main characters and their personalities
and add bullets underneath talking about what they do like
ex.
E-quiet, shy, but nothing bad, normal family, avg. J High 1st yr, best friend
Hi- introvert, wary around ppl, cluasphobia, deprssing, carefree somehow "its life" Yuki-onna
-blah blah blah
-roommates
-private school
-death, betrayal
(something like that)
and then go ahead and draw the characters to make sure I can actually draw them
16563 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
Offline
Posted 1/29/13
Isn't that from http://anime.about.com/od/manga/ht/ht072404.htm?
8806 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
20 / F / somewhere in New...
Offline
Posted 4/14/13
I think of an idea for a manga all in my head and write it down somewhere I won't forget it.
First  Prev  1  2  Next  Last
You must be logged in to post.