Kieron Gillen has a cold, and is spending his pre-Christmas cheer on Formspring, answering questions and offering up great advice for aspiring writers:
Try reverse engineering a comic. Probably a story you like, but any story would do. As in, look at the comic, then write the script for it. It’s interesting anyway, but it’ll force you to focus on the craft on the page. You should be reserve analysing every comic you read anyway. Panel counts, transition types, devices used, whatever. Learning to write comics ruins reading comics for a while, in as much as learning an instrument warps your listening to music (i.e. I could only hear basslines when I was learning bass, etc).
(A) Get well soon, Kieron. (B) Keep up the Formspring if you’re going to be offering this kind of awesomeness on it (I’ve been listening to the Nerdist Writers Panel podcast for awhile, and wishing there was a comics equivalent, and this post really felt like the kind of thing you’d hear there, in both content and attitude).