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11 Webcomics for Writers: Inspiration and Motivation

Sometimes we have to look outside of our usual medium to find the motivation we need to get the words on the page—or to just feel like someone else "gets it." Check out these webcomics for writers.
11 Webcomics for Writers: Inspiration and Motivation

Sometimes we have to look outside of our usual medium to find the motivation we need to get the words on the page—or to just feel like someone else "gets it." These webcomics for writers perfectly illustrate what it feels like to be a writer, from the moment of inspiration to pitching your work and getting published. Be sure to click the links below each comic to see more work by each of these great artists.

1. For when you're trying to figure out how to get started:

Comic by Guy Kopsombut at 4amShower.

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2. For when you're wondering how other writers get to be so good:

Comic by Sarah Andersen.

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In the Comics Experience® Guide to Writing Comics, comics veteran Andy Schmidt offers sage advice and practical instruction for everything from writing realistic dialogue to communicating your ideas to other comics professionals.

Comics Experience® Guide to Writing Comics by Andy Schmidt

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3. For when you're stuck in the dreaded middle of your novel:

Comic by Ramin Nazer.

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4. For when you're wondering whether it's too late to get started:

Comic by Tonci Zonjic at To-Zo.com.

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5. For when you're feeling pressured to outdo your predecessors:

Comic by Gojko Franulic at Sephko.

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6. For when you just can't figure it out:

Comic via Pictures in Boxes.

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7. For when you're trying to perfect your manuscript:

Comic by Grant Snider at Incidental Comics and Jon Acuff.

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8. For when you're trying to decide how to fill your day:

Comic by Elvin Dantes.

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9. For when you're seeking your nom de plume:

Another great comic by Grant Snider at Incidental Comics. (If you want more webcomics for writers, Grant has a wealth of them on his site.)

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10. For when we need the courage to leave our comfort zone and experience something new.

Comic by Justin Boyd at Invisible Bread.

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(“How do you get into writing comics? Write a comic.” Eisner-Nominated Alex de Campi Talks Comics, Prose & Multidisciplinary Creative Work)

11. And of course... For when you're wondering whether anyone will read your work:

Comic by Steve Ogden.

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Creative Writing 101

Creative Writing 101 combines teaching the key elements of storytelling with developing the protagonist. Once you understand who this character is and how to make sure you’ve included the key story elements, you are well on your way to writing that book you have been squelching.

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Karen Hamilton: On Cause and Effect

Karen Hamilton: On Cause and Effect

International bestselling author Karen Hamilton discusses the “then and now” format of her new domestic thriller, The Ex-Husband.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: The Ultimatum

Plot Twist Story Prompts: The Ultimatum

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character give or face an ultimatum.

6 Things Every Writer Should Know About Sylvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company

6 Things Every Writer Should Know About Sylvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company

Sylvia Beach was friend to many writers who wrote what we consider classics today. Here, author Kerri Maher shares six things everyone should know about her and Shakespeare and Company.

How Writers Can Apply Business Tools to Their Writing

How Writers Can Apply Business Tools to Their Writing

Author Katherine Quevedo takes an analytical look at the creative process in hopes to help other writers find writing success.

Nick Petrie: On Following the Most Compelling Story

Nick Petrie: On Following the Most Compelling Story

Award-winning author Nick Petrie discusses how he listened to the story that wanted to be told in his new Peter Ash thriller novel, The Runaway.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 596

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a punishment poem.

Jacquelyn Mitchard: On Forgiveness in Fiction

Jacquelyn Mitchard: On Forgiveness in Fiction

Award-winning novelist Jacquelyn Mitchard discusses the chance meeting that led to her new novel, The Good Son.

Sea Bound

Sea Bound

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, write about someone connected to the sea.

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