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Published on April 11th, 2013 | by Devin

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Interview with Anthony del Col and Conor McCreery of “Kill Shakespeare”, Part 5

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.

Do you have any tips for keeping writing through a long project like a novel?

Anthony: Well, in the spirit of the previous question, I would recommend knowing some of the key parts of the ending of the story.  This may change as you actually write but it gives you an initial end point and an idea of where you’d like to take the character.

Conor: I think you have to love your characters. I don’t think you can be telling a story, you need to be telling the truth of a best friend, or tragic enemy, or whatever character it is that has you the most excited. If you can make that character real he or she will compel you to tell the story.

Do you keep a writing schedule?  Do you write a certain amount every day?  At a specific time?

A: What I do is create “pomodoro writing sessions”, which means that I set aside 45- to 60-minute chunks for writing time during which I shut off all distractions (smart phone, email, iPad, etc.) and just focus.  Then I take a break, and then do another pomodoro session.

C: That is the part I find the most challenging. I envy the writers I read about who get there three or four hours in every day. That’s what I’m working towards. Right now I am more likely to wake up in a blind panic at 3 AM and go downstairs and right through ‘til noon.

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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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