Sequential Underground #16 – Writer’s Block vs. Showering

Sequential Underground

The podcast by indie comics creators for indie comics creators gets wet!

Okay, that came out wrong. But whatever. Here’s what we talk about:

Dan hit a wall with Blue Wraith and figured out a way to work past it, Nick suffers from lack of motivation instead of writer’s block, Shawn has similar losses of interest (especially with his new Phoenix 9 story), and Seth uses multiple projects to help him power through blocks.

But everyone agrees… showering is the best way to come up with new story ideas.

Then the crew shifts to the difficulties of long-term storytelling and outlining. After sharing their experiences, things organically transition into a conversation about scripting. How does scripting differ when you’re a writer/artist planning on drawing your own story versus being a writer who won’t be drawing your own script?

And, finally, each creator offers up one solution for working past writer’s block.

5 Responses to “Sequential Underground #16 – Writer’s Block vs. Showering”


  1. 1 sethfronzoli

    Man, I sound like “Rain Man” on this one! Sorry for the rambling guys!

  2. 2 ross

    this was definitely a great episode!! really engaging.

  3. 3 nick marino

    you didn’t ramble, Seth!!! no more than the rest of us, at least.

    THX ROSS!!!

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  5. 4 Brian John Mitchell

    I actually constantly have writer’s block in that it takes me a year to get a story onto paper. Also for whatever reason it seems like when I start writing I often get 4 stories rough drafts out in an hour. I don’t really know how my brain works, but I hear the scientists don’t know either.

    Sometimes reading my own story from the start gives me the next issue, which can help if I haven’t worked on something for two years to spend 30 minutes trying to remember what it’s about & what worked or didn’t work last time.

    I do sometimes have a problem with having stories that I just don’t think are up to snuff & I think I’m often better off writing these stories down & just not bothering to let anyone else see them. Sometimes you have to get a bad story out of the way to let a good story appear.

  6. 5 nick marino

    @Brian: Really good observations all around. I have the same exact thing with writing where I’ll get stuck on something for a long time and then when I actually make good forward progress on it, it’s like I make good progress on everything else at the same time. And then nothing for a while. I don’t know if it’s because writing on command is a skill that needs a lot of practice and it only occasionally works at full speed OR if it’s a deeper brain function type of thing. OR MAYBE MAGIC.

    I totally agree that writing a bad story is sometime the ticket to writing a good one. I guess it’s kind of like sketching, like doing a warm up sketch before diving into drawing a page.

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