With a screenplay, the writer leaves a lot of the detail to the director, the actors, and the crew. The writer tells the artist what to draw, usually with a lot more detail than a screenplay.
The artist does have leeway to change things and add his own ideas, but his job is primarily to draw and intensify what you the writer have decided to show. To hone your visual thinking, I suggest you read several popular comic books with a critical eye, thinking about the visual choices made by writers and artists – what’s shown and not shown, and how it’s depicted.
Try to imagine how the writer described each image in his or her script before it was given to the artist.
As a practice exercise, writing your own descriptions of the characters and scenes you see in a published comic book will help too.
A Multilevel List is a way of automatically numbering sections in a document.
Keep in mind some artists, especially those who are very talented or highly experienced with lots of published credits, don’t like to be micro-managed by a writer, particularly a rookie writer who they’ve never heard of before. If you’d like to learn more about how to create a comic book or graphic novel, sign up for my upcoming class at The Writers Store.
Any pro artist worth working with will know the art of sequential storytelling and will have an artistic vision that could be better than something you come up with. A bored or uninspired artist will deliver pages that look like turds. In it, I’ll teach you everything you need to know to get started.
All this to say, I've modified Fred Van Lente's script template to include Multilevel Lists.
I've also set the template up so that, whenever you press Enter, the style of the next paragraph is automatically set to what you probably need.