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National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s Creativity in Progress Series: Part 2

April 28, 2016

Join National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang each month at Panels for the Creativity in Progress series, where he shows us the process behind his comics!

In his second post, Yang discusses some of the different approaches to the creative process. Yang considers himself a “planner” or “outliner,” creating a preliminary outline for his projects while allowing himself the freedom to make discoveries and changes along the way.

Once I finish an outline, I’ll put it away. I won’t refer to it again unless I get really, really stuck. The final story almost always diverges from the outline in significant ways, but I’ve found that just knowing the outline exists gives me the confidence to get to the finish line. (Panels)

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