Getting into writing
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Hey Guys!

Alright so I am looking at becoming a writer. I am currently working on a novel, but once I finish it, I am planning on creating a novela, light novel, or graphic novel with the intention of having it made into an anime tv series.

My question is this. How likely would the anime/manga community support my efforts? Would they shoot me down because I am not Japanese? Would crowd sourcing be a viable way of covering costs for self publishing?

I am very excited about trying this. I love anime, and I love creating things (stories, music. art). So I wanted to try my hand at it.

Thanks!

-Reese

oh and any encouragement, advice or information y'all can give would be greatly appreciated. (Especially if you are actually involved in the field.)
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Gotta pick one.

While there's nothing that says you couldn't do all of those things, a novel, novela, light novel/graphic novels are all different from each other. They require somewhat different skillsets.

A novel is an arduous task, depending on the genre. My first novel wound up being around 80,000 words. Most people never finish their first novel, various reasons cited.

A novela is something people in MFA programs do a lot of. Typically what happens is their entire education program revolves around short stories as practice, and after they graduate they find it difficult to write something of greater length. (By the way, DON'T join one of those).

Graphic novels/manga can be done by one person, and this is generally where animes come from. I'm sure there must be exceptions, but I don't recall ever hearing an anime having been made from a full novel. Having seen many animes (over 40) I can remember only once or twice where an anime arose independent of a pre-existing manga. Also, your word count is typically limited by the publisher.

As for acceptance, based on a small research project I did years ago, most people will read it as long as it's good, regardless of whether or not you're Japanese. Hardcore weeaboos are not statistically significant enough to pose an obstacle to success.

Usually the advice you'll get is if you want to work in manga/anime you have to go to Japan. While it's not technically true, Japan by far has the best infrastructure for that industry, even though it's supposedly going bankrupt and the pay is awful.

Keep at it though. Don't be surprised when your objectives evolve by themselves. I mean real evolution, not just shifting objectives just because you suck at something.
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I've also started trying to get better at writing and learning to be more fluid with my words and less blunt but it's hard since I'm a very direct and straight to the point kind of a person.
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It's not something you can "get into". You can either do it or not. Personally, I can write a 500 page novel in three days but can't do 3rd grade long division. I failed math and science every year in high school, but got 99 averages in English class. It's just how it is for me.

If you wanna write, write. Society cares not about what race or nationality you are if you're actually good at it, i.e. Eminem, Beastie Boys. If you want to get into writing, just go Faulkner and write as it comes.


Posted 11/1/14
use a japanese pen name
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Yeah, you'll get shot down. By not just those who are racist enough to think something has to be produced by a certain ethnicity, but just about anyone. And out of all people who submit to publishers, writers get rejected the most. They have to be very persistent. So the chances are very small, but your only hope is to try until you literally can't anymore.

Plaster rejection letters on your wall and be proud of them.
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Posted 11/1/14
well if you want to get published, it will takes a long time and a lot of work.
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Good luck on your goals! I have tremendous respect for those that can create and weave an amazing story together. I like coming up with ideas and stories but am not good at putting what I think into story form heh. My DnD story is rather straight forward because of that but they enjoy the fighting so win-win I guess.
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I would suggest, start light. Get your name known first. Start by joining short story competitions and stuff to get yourself published, then go from there.
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Hayagriva wrote:

Graphic novels/manga can be done by one person, and this is generally where animes come from. I'm sure there must be exceptions, but I don't recall ever hearing an anime having been made from a full novel. Having seen many animes (over 40) I can remember only once or twice where an anime arose independent of a pre-existing manga. Also, your word count is typically limited by the publisher.


Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit is based off the novel of the same name. So, there's one anime where the original source came from a novel. I'm sure there are more than a few others, but I can't remember any that I've seen besides Moribito off the top of my head. I've read the novel as well... it was a very quick read. Then again, I tend to read very fast.
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Shrapnel893 wrote:


Hayagriva wrote:

Graphic novels/manga can be done by one person, and this is generally where animes come from. I'm sure there must be exceptions, but I don't recall ever hearing an anime having been made from a full novel. Having seen many animes (over 40) I can remember only once or twice where an anime arose independent of a pre-existing manga. Also, your word count is typically limited by the publisher.


Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit is based off the novel of the same name. So, there's one anime where the original source came from a novel. I'm sure there are more than a few others, but I can't remember any that I've seen besides Moribito off the top of my head. I've read the novel as well... it was a very quick read. Then again, I tend to read very fast.


If we're building a list, the Welcome to the NHK anime was based on the novel by the same name. Both the anime and the novel are excellent and I recommend them both.

As for anime that arose independent of a pre-existing manga, there are plenty of anime series that have been produced based on light novels and visual novels rather than manga. There are also some anime originals like Zvezda, and I think Rage of Bahamut this season is based on a card game.

As for my own writing exploits, I've only ever had any real success with writing a few short stories and some collaborative writing projects. I don't dislike writing, and some people have told me that I'm a very good writer, but I don't have the motivation to complete a large project like a novel.
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