“Interviews from the other side” is a series that highlights creative individuals who are actively making their way in the writing and independent publishing world.
Danielle Corsetto is one of those people who never seems to stop. She’s been writing and drawing the webcomic Girls With Slingshots for the past ten years and has also written (so far) two of the Adventure Time graphic novels (“Playing With Fire” and “Pixel Princesses“) — among about a zillion other things. She is currently getting ready to shoot off on her “Slingshots Across America Tour” and might show up in a town near you this month.
Danielle does the kind of fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants writing that has me reaching for my anxiety meds. Whereas I and many serial writers like to plan everything ahead of time, Danielle often has no idea where her characters will end up. Instead of a god-like writer who fully guides the plot, she is an observer and recorder of her characters’ deeds.
I had the opportunity to sit down with Danielle at SPX this past fall* and — between interactions with exuberant fans — chat with her about her creative process. I’ll be honest, we spent most of the time checking out girls with cute short hairdos and nerding out about cheese. So, um, the interview is a little… short.
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How do you write your story?
I develop my characters and then wait to see what happens. Let it flow. Let the characters inform the story.
What is one thing that writers need to do more often?
Establish where the reader is in the story; pull back once in a while and reset the scene.
What keeps you writing?
My motivation is communicating issues to the community that is my audience.
What do you do to generate revenue beyond book sales?
Advertising! I started out with Project Wonderful on my website years ago, and now I also have an ad rep from another company.
Coffee or tea? Beer or wine?
Tea! And I can’t have beer, but I love a good hard cider. Also, white wine.
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Clearly that was not enough of Danielle, so go check out her work at Girls With Slingshots right now!
*Yes, it really has taken me this long to get my shit together. I’m sorry. Geez.