The Science of Scripting: Until it’s Done or When it’s Due?

Hello everyone,

Now before I explain this post’s title, I just want to be clear that I’m aware of how difficult it is to write good scripts, and how much time one must put in in order to become an “ok” writer, let alone a good or great one. The question I’m raising applies specifically to cases when a writer has put in the time and experienced the growing pains of becoming a writer.

My first year of graduate school, I attended an event featuring a panel of current graduate students. When the topic of grad school papers came up, one panelist said something to this effect: papers are never done, they are just due. The idea being that there’s no perfect paper, and that papers can always be improved.

As I’m getting more into the writing aspect of comics, I’m wondering if this idea applies to comic writing/scripting as well. Is there ever a point in a comic writer’s career where they do not believe that they can improve their script any more? Or do they believe that a script can always be better, but their job is to create the best version of the script as possible in order to meet their personal (or maybe publisher’s) deadline? Does it depend on the writer?

I tend to believe that comic writing falls under the “never done it’s just due” category. However, I still wanted to pose the question, in the hopes it generates some productive discussion. Hopefully current comic writers can weigh in on this issue…

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I'm a Christian, husband, student, & comic writer. I like comics, hip-hop, basketball, & learning, and at the end of the day, I pray that my life meant something.