I’ve been thinking of starting up another post series in addition to the Freelance Friday posts, focussing on writing. I’m not sure how long it will be, and it may not be weekly like the FF ones, but hopefully I’ll be able to offer something that’s helpful or thought-provoking now and then, or even just links to good blogs and resources I’ve come across.
For ages I’ve been meaning to get a blog series up for comic writers looking to work with artists, so this’ll be the place for that, and other writing and story ponderings. If there’s anything you’d particularly like to see covered in the working-with-artists series, let me know!
I’ll also try and regularly make a quick note of what I’ve been reading, more in a recommendations vein than any sort of reviews, because there’s so much good stuff out there to celebrate! They won’t include a lot of info on the books, as there’s plenty of that elsewhere – just what’s having a good impact on me that week and what it’s been making me think about. To start that off, this week’s Read/Recommend:
Holly Black’s The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. This book is a stunner, gorgeously written and with a truly fantastic main character with a ton of agency.
It also got me thinking about setting. I’m not really into the kind of worldbuilding that involves encyclopedias worth of info and becomes an end in itself, but I do realize the resonance a setting can have, and I realized that the reason Coldtown felt so rich as a setting boiled down for me to the fact that there were clearly other stories to be told. It felt like you could pick a random inhabitant of the place and they would have an interesting story of their own. I know showing the tip, implying the iceberg is hardly anything new, but the thought phrased itself in my head in a way that I hadn’t really thought of it before, and that’s always a good thing. Letting settings become and feel like places where there are other stories than the one that’s being told.