TDA #2 excerpt

This week’s Two Gargoyles update has a sneak peek at the script for Twilight Detective Agency #2!

When I write, the characters in my head are as real as if they’re in the room with me.  They’re more than just dialogue and action prompts; I think about what they’re wearing– like, how their clothes FIT.  What they’re thinking behind what they’re saying.  How they relate to each other, to the environment nearby, to the world at large.

In this scene, Riverdale is making a journal entry about his and Hawkstone’s ostracism from the Gargoyle community.  It’s a pretty big deal to him; he thrives on social interaction.  Riv needs people.  To someone like him, ostracism is straight-up torture.

There’s so much around that concept that won’t make it into the comic– maybe he took up yoga to try and distract himself from the loneliness?  Maybe he plays video games all day until it’s time to sleep?  Maybe he drives his brother insane with a constant need for interaction?  Those are all possibilities, each one a reality for the character– but my favourite thing as a writer is that even I don’t know which one will become part of the published story until I write it– and even then, it isn’t a sure thing until I re-read the script and edit it.

Writing is as much a journey for me as, I hope, the reader who sees the finished product and discovers the story for themselves.

See you next week!

Michael