Plotting for a Comic Story
When writing a story, there is usually a general structure which all great stories follow and need to be adhered to make the story have a natural flow and make it interesting. First of all you need to realize that you are writing for an audience and that the story should be captivating enough to make the reader really enticed to read the story to its end.
There’s usually a primary structure which should be followed when creating a story which is also true for comic writing. Whether you are writing short comics, lengthy comic episodes in a continuing storyline within a story arc which unravel more about a the story within each episode or you are writing shorter individual installments of self containing stories within a given story arc, they will all be best appreciated and received if you take time to follow the given story structure.
A good story is usually divided into 3 basic acts:
The first act — should usually depict the idea which you have created the whole story about and should be the main step up of the whole idea. It should set the plot of the story in motion and climax with a turning point whereby there is a catalyst of some sort who leaves the story in suspense and induces the reader or viewer to anticipate for the continuity of the story.
The second act — should contain most of the action which should be comprised of more suspense, twists and turns with the lead character (protagonist) at the center of most of the storms and other events which takes place, and an antagonist who tries to be the source of all the woes which take place in the story. All the vents in this act should smoothly flow with the end of the act climaxing at a surprising twist which is unexpected.
The climaxing event should be naturally based on the preceding events which took place and it should send the whole story into another angle which was totally unexpected. This creates a feeling of curiosity and eagerness among the audience as they yearn to know what follows later. It’s advisable to create some sort of urgency in the story by introducing some elements or characters than twists the events and all this culminates in an urge to resolve the whole issue as soon as possible, otherwise there might be some stakes lost by the lead role.
The need for resolution introduces the third act. — This should be short and precise with a solution coming early to wrap up the whole story, lest the audience gets bored.