In 2005, I started a webcomic for writers called Will Write For Chocolate:

The premise: a bunch of writers with different genre and market interests live together in a big house. My main focus at the time was on getting nonfiction articles published, so that was the initial focus of the strip’s main character, Eliza.

I didn’t have an outline or plot goals in mind. Since I was doing the comic for the fun of it, I found it more interesting to sit down with a blank template each time and come up with that strip’s story on the spot. More often than not, the strip contained an echo of what was going on in my own freelance life, or (as in the case below) in the life of one of my writer friends:

Sometimes I used my webcomic as self-therapy. Better to vent in a comic than explode at a stranger:

Since getting more book projects with Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, I haven’t been updating this comic as regularly as I should, but I still post from time to time. My drawing style has changed over the years.

Feel free to browse the Will Write For Chocolate archives (you could start from the beginning, if you’d like). I’m also starting to repost strips in chronological order to my Will Write For Chocolate board on Pinterest — feel free to repin!

– Debbie (Twitter: @inkyelbows)

About Debbie Ohi

Debbie Ridpath Ohi writes and illustrates books for young people. Illustrator of I'M BORED (New York Times Notable Children's Book) and NAKED! (Summer/2014) by Michael Ian Black (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers). Upcoming book projects with Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins and Random House. Blog for writers: Inkygirl.com.