Storycraft For Comics



As of June 2022, all online purchasing now goes through the secure store page on my member site, StoryToScript.




Since publishing this book, I went and finished the Robot Kids sample story structural outline, into a full-blown comprehensive outline. It’s over at StorytoScript, but I should include those pages in this download so it’s all in one place for folks. Thanks for reminding me.


This digital download PDF is broken up into a number of sections that reflect the natural progression of Discovering, Developing and Outlining a genuine story.

Storycraft for Comics discusses:

  • Understanding the process of creating a comic story AND your own personal goals for the story.
  • Where and how to begin developing a new story.
  • Key story elements and working through the discovery process.
  • A super-human, super-strength, 24 point outline for developing a genuine, rock-solid story THAT WILL build your fan base.
  • Format-specific considerations including a special simplified outline for one-shot comics and smaller stories.
  • Extra stuff like how to come up with names, what’s in a story bible and more.

The Working Writer’s Storycraft for Comics: Story Discovery and Structure for Building a Bigger Fan Base is a 145 page, all text PDF, assembled with design and layout in-mind.

Within the book, I focus on bringing one of my own concepts to life, from a meager initial vision to final outline. Beta-readers called this an “over-the-shoulder, one-on-one approach” to teaching (one they loved).

If you’re interested in writing comics professionally, I don’t know ANY books anywhere that give you more information, better information, or better prepare you for the task, than these two books. There are a few good books on creating comics on the market, but none of them are  as laser focused on writing as these two.  Storycraft and the Guide to Comics DON’T meander, they’re NOT vague and they don’t talk about art execution, comic history, publishing, or any other part of the industry. These books are 100% writing. Real world, well organized, easy to absorb and execute information to write professional level comic scripts—period.

Storycraft for Comics—everything you need to know to discover and outline your story.

Guide to Comics and Graphic Novels—everything you need to know to take your outline to successful script.


Want to know exactly what you’re getting with the digital download? Here’s a sample PDF of three randomly selected pages from the book.




OK, that’s Storycraft for Comics in a nutshell.

Stop procrastinating, scroll back up and click that buy button.

You can send me a thank you email later.


Q: Is “Storycraft for Comics” available in print too?
A: No. When I released the first book, lots of folks, especially folks outside the U.S. asked for digital. If the digital version finds an audience and sells well, I’ll do a print run. As I mentioned anyone buying the digital, will get a substantial discount off the print copy if/when it runs.

Q: Is the book genre specific—is it geared only toward an action focused superhero comic?
A: Not at all. Storycraft for Comics covers the fundamentals of story discovery, developing your idea into a genuine story and outlining through 24 key plot points. You can (and I have) used this approach for any genre: from superhero to sci-fi to romantic comedy to psychological thriller. In fact, that’s one of the secrets about Storycraft for Comics, it can actually be applied to any genre in any medium (novel, screenplay, comic, graphic novel, etc.).


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Overall rating: 5 out of 5 based on 13 reviews.

Do Yourself a Favor and Buy This Book!

I do not intend to mince my words when I say that Stroycraft for Comics is one of the best books about writing stories—and I've read a lot of them. Whether you're an aspiring or experienced writer you need to read this book and have it on your bedside table. Nick's style is brutally honest, which is quite refreshing to read, and he goes straight to the point to help you find your voice and to write genuinely good stories.
- Christian Nommay

Must have book for the novice writer

As an artist dipping into the world of story writing, I found this book to be absolutely perfect for helping transform my idea from a concept to a fully fleshed out story. If you are just starting out as a comic writer like me (or even if you are a professional), this book has everything you need to help you create a compelling narrative. Nick breaks down all of the components that make up a good story and imbues you with the knowledge to go forth and create your own masterpiece with confidence.
- J C

Wow, what and insight...

Every writer and comic book artist should have a copy of both Story Craft and Comic Writer's Guide if your serious about creating comics. Both Macari's books break down the process and makes it clear on how to start from outline to a finish script. Thank you Nick for creating two of the best books I've ever read on the subject.
- Pablo medina

Some great tips here!

Picked up a digital copy of Nick's Storycraft for Comics. Really helped bring some polish to our scripts. Nick is a great writer. Big thanks for sharing this with us!
- Giovanni Smith


Very informational book created for people that has little to no knowledge of crafting a story. The strcucture format was superb, and the story sample was actually a page turner. Great book that many people can benefit from!
- Jeff G.

So glad I bought this title!

I’m a novelist that enjoys a good story more than anything else. I knew from decades of reading comics that a good well thought out story was essential, but I didn’t know how to apply years of writing novels to writing a comic script. You would think that writing a comic is similar to writing a film or tv script, and while that’s correct in some ways, getting it wrong - the wrong way - will result in wasted effort, a poor story as well as time and money. This book teaches you how to think about story + images and how they relate to a great story. I am so glad I found this book.
- Chrishaun Keller Hanna

Unblock your brain and find your voice!

Nick's professional writing voice is akin to reading a book written by an older brother. The one that cuts the fluff and tells you what you need to know! Storycraft for Comics breaks down all the walls that come with the writing creation process and puts them in a light that even the most novice writers can understand and utilize. A must have for anyone trying to get the most out of their imagination!
- Carl Buchanan - Author of American Oni

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