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April 10, 2023

EP 195: The difference between writing a story and creating "original characters"

EP 195: The difference between writing a story and creating
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The Nuts and Bolts of Writing

Hi, everyone. Today, it’s just me, Fortunus Games, the host of this podcast.

Today, we’ll be talking about a topic I’ve been thinking about since last September, when I met Tete Depunk in real life for the first time and we realized something at the Toronto Zoo. It was a grey, dreary day, and we were going to talk about our characters when we realized we didn’t want to. Instead, there were so many things happening in front of us that our previous obsession with characters seemed to pale in comparison.

So, this prompted me to make a podcast episode about the differences between writing a story or graphic novel and creating “original characters,” in deviantArt parlance.

Tete and I explore the following questions:

  1. What do you think is the difference between writing a novel or creating a graphic novel versus just creating “original characters”?
  2. What is the fine line between writing a character-centric story and becoming obsessed with characters to the point you’re using them as emotional crutches?
  3. How can you avoid unhealthily becoming obsessed with characters?

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