Throughout the development of this project I've been in touch with several wonderful cartoonists, all of whom have all given me invaluable advice. It's worth noting that there isn't a single approach to writing/illustrating a graphic novel, so instead it's just what comes naturally. I wanted to write out my entire script before making a start on final artwork (though I've still been doing observational and experimental pieces). I felt that I needed the full narrative as elements of the dialogue would inform the imagery in the artwork. I also wanted to have a clear path with the structure; the story contains a lot of visual metaphor and dream sequences, so it's important that I don't get lost in the plot!
Anyways, many notebooks later, I'm pleased to say I have finished the complete script (and I really can't express how exciting that is!) Here are my latest two notebooks of dialogue (there was a lot of re-drafting of conversations and writing scenes that I later abandoned), and a concertina guidebook of the scenes within each chapter... as I said, with a complex plot it's worth having a map.