The major thing I struggle with when creating my caps is brevity. I enjoy creating all the details in my stories, laboring over the adjectives and adverbs, working endlessly to create the sense of place and time that I envision in my head. As a result, the first draft of my caps often end up as illustrated short stories. I then need to work at editing and removing details to create a 1 or 2 panel cap - hopefully one that still has a good flow as it tells my story.
Several months ago, Rachel's Haven held a monthly cap contest that required each cap to consist entirely of dialogue. It was a good exercise for me to work on my brevity, while still creating a cap I could be proud of. Here are my 2 entries for the contest:
What do you think? And don't feel the need to be brief - shower me with loving, adoring, admiring praise!!