I’m told my books on writing comics are purty good… but if you’re looking to fill your brain with some more knowledge, try these:
Not Comic Related
The Elements of Style Strunk and White (definitive guide for writing proper)
Poetics Aristotle (pretty much everything comes from here)
Story by Robert McKee
Hero with a Thousand Faces Joseph Campbell’s
Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offences by Mark Twain (thanks Jim Shooter)
On Writing Well William Zinsser
Fiction Writer’s Handbook Hallie and Whit Burnett
Revealing another more personal side of writing:
On Writing Stephen King
Zen and the Art of Writing Ray Bradbury
There are a million books on writing, I’ve got boxes and shelves full of them. In an effort to save you some time, I’m trying to remember the stronger ones. If I think of more, I’ll come back and update.
The DC Guide to Comic Writing by Dennis O’Neil.
Writing for Comics and Graphic Novels by Peter David
Scott McCloud’s books gives great insight into comics from the artist’s perspective. They’re visual books not straight prose, so if you’re not a visual learner you may not like them.
Panel One: Comic Book Scripts by Top Writers & Panel Two: More Comic Scripts by top writers. <These don’t teach writing but showcase various real-world scripts. It’s a little bit of a double edged sword, because comic writer—especially established ones—tend to write however the hell they want, so not sooooo useful for someone trying to get their legs under them… but there’s a lot usefulness in seeing these scripts.>
Words for Pictures is beautiful, but I don’t feel that it gives much help to the writer at all. I point it out because so many people recommend it.
Sadly, there are not many solid books on writing comics. ▪
About the Author —
Nick Macari is a full-time freelance story consultant, developmental editor and writer, working primarily in the independent gaming and comic markets. His first published comic appeared on shelves via Diamond in the late 90’s. Today you can find his comic work on comixology, amazon and in select stores around the U.S. Visit NickMacari.com for social media contacts and news on his latest releases.