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Published on March 28th, 2013 | by Devin

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Interview with Anthony del Col and Conor McCreery of “Kill Shakespeare”, Part 4

Anthony del Col and Conor McCreery are the co-creators and co-writers of the Shakespearean, revisionist comic book series Kill Shakespeare. In this multi-part interview, they talk about their writing process, their favourite stories and characters, writing in the comic book medium and more.

What’s your best writing advice for young authors?

Anthony: In addition to just sitting down and writing I encourage young authors to read as much as possible – not just books but magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc.  Look for inspiration everywhere.

Conor: I think Anthony is dead on. Read a lot, write a lot. I’d also say not to edit yourself. There is plenty of time to rework your material but when you are originally sitting down just let it go. My favourite writing class exercise has always been freefall – some of my favourite short stories came out of freefall sessions when I was just letting my imagination run free.

What sort of advice would you give to young writers about working with a writing partner?

A: The important point is communication.  Make sure that everyone talks about their goals and their visions for each moment in the story.  The other advice is to be as open as possible in the brainstorming process – there will be many bad ideas suggested by everyone but that’s part of the process – you won’t be able to get to the good ideas until you explore many bad ones.

C: I think you need to have somebody that you can trust. Writing can make you extremely vulnerable and you need to be able to dive into the corners of yourself that help you create your characters – both the good and the bad. And I think you want to find someone whose sensibilities both complement and contrast with your own. If you always think alike you’ll miss opportunities, but if you don’t love the same stories for similar reasons I think that can make the storytelling process into a bit of a tug of war between excellent, but perhaps opposing, ideas.

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The latest series of Kill Shakespeare, Tide of Blood, launched on February 20th. 

You can find more information about Kill Shakespeare at the comic’s website, as well as its Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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