Comics are books, too—and a quick question

Tony Puryear, a screenwriter in LA who’s written the Arnold Schwarzenegger picture Eraser and adapted the upcoming Fahrenheit 451 movie for Mel Gibson, sent me an email today thanking me for my thoughts on his “Concrete Park” story in DARK HORSE PRESENTS #7, which I reviewed last weekend. Apparently this is Mr. Puryear’s first entry into comics.

A little about “Concrete Park,” in his own words:

“Concrete Park” takes place on a distant desert planet where Earth’s poor youth have been shipped to mine for resources. (Only the prologue, featuring the character ‘Isaac’ takes place on Earth). The main action of the story takes place in “Scare City”, a city of millions on the desert planet. If a ghetto in space makes readers uncomfortable, I guess I’m doing my job as a writer. Some of the characters are “minorities”, but to me, in terms of population, Scare City looks like LA, where I live. “Luca”, the star of the series, is a Pacific Islander. “Isaac” is black. “Lena”, Luca’s lover, is an alien (we have those in LA too).

I entreat you to pick up a copy of the comic if you get a chance. It’s a good one.

While I have you here, I did want to pose a question for the writers out there: How do you find time, between school or work or kids and other responsibilities, to keep to a writing schedule? What is your schedule actually like? An hour or two a night, or several hours a week? I’d like to hear from you in the comments.

4 thoughts on “Comics are books, too—and a quick question

  1. tonypuryear

    Writing is the strangest thing. So many writers I know, (and I teach screenwriting, so I know a few) spend as much time as they can procrastinating. I mean, it’s almost like, forget about a “writing schedule”, it’s how can I make more time in my day for procrastinating? But when you have made the coffee, read the blogs, made some more coffee, cleaned the desk, messed up the desk with that other project you meant to get to, you know that thing? for that guy? When, in other words, you have done everything you can that day NOT to write, but you still have to write, only then can you write.

    1. Stephanie

      Thanks for the comment, Tony! It’s good to have you stop by the blog. Procrastinating is a HUGE problem when it comes to writing. I definitely struggle with it. Not so much when I was writing my novel, but more so with revision—it was easier to set a daily word count to write, and make it manageable that way, but with revision I’m not sure how to best go about it as a small, daily task. Revision is just so much more involved.

  2. tonypuryear

    I was thinking about our exchange yesterday, when I was procrastinating! I was doing a re-write of something I wrote a while ago, and thinking of your comment “Revision is just so much more involved.”

    I have a very hard time keeping to a plan for re-writing, both in terms of time and organization. There is always for me ‘the tyranny of what is”, ie the difficulty of seeing something differently when a version of it is already down in print in front of you. Give me a blank page and I’m God; give me something I’ve already written, no matter how poorly, and I’m afraid I’m gonna make it worse.

    And then, after two hours of unproductive staring at my own words, I’ll usually say, “okay, that’s enough work for the day”. Silly, right? Whereas in that same two hours, I might have put down 500 new words on a blank page. Arrghh. Hope your writing is going well!

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