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So I've started writing another story now. It's become clear to me that I don't really have the inclination or the self discipline to put out a steady stream or art or journal entries, so I'm just going to come out and say it: I'll be coming and going as the mood takes me. I'm here now because I've decided to write another story and I'll probably disappear again once it's done (or I get too lazy to finish it) only to come when the urge to create bites me again. Judging by my record of posting content that may well be a year or more.

Having started a new story has put certain things into focus for me; namely a phenomenon I see on deviant art where a lot of people create original characters that don't have much story to go with them. Oh sure they have back-stories but after that a lot of people just have lots of pictures of their character, sometimes said characters star in little vignettes or 4komas but they never seem to be part of an actual narrative.

A little disclaimer here; I'm not trying to look down at the people who do this. I don't begrudge anyone their creativity and I get it; creating characters is easy and it's fun. We often have cool character concepts that pop into our heads and we have this little head image about how awesome this character is, but when someone asks: "What's the story behind this character?" I almost never see anything beyond a few scattered comic strips and stand alone shorts.

I have a theory about why this is the case because I've run into this pitfall myself. Recently I discontinued the DTSA series (technically it died years ago but now I've made it official.) That series started out as a bunch of character concepts. I had this idea for Evelyn and the members of Exolon squad and vague back stories but when I tried to put it all together it all fell apart. It fell apart partly due to my own lazyness and partly because after the first few stories I wanted to set up a proper plot arc but it just never happened.

I think there were two reasons why this happened. One was that some characters (like Evelyn) didn't have much of a back ground and thus creating motivations for them was really hard. I have several deleted scenes in a folder somewhere where I tried to flesh out Evelyn's back story but couldn't quite make things materialise. A second reason was that some characters had too much back ground. I had a very specific direction I wanted Katherin Gloom (not even my character) to go in and factoring that in to my plot was a headache.

Basically I had many characters to juggle and some were too vague while others were too specific. Both types are hard to insert into a narrative that takes shape as I write it, and this is the pitfall of starting a storyline based on "I have all these cool characters and I want them to have adventures."

I have since learned it is easier to have a direction for your story then add characters as necessary. It's what I'm trying to do this time around with the Rise of Gloom series, which is a quasi reboot of the DTSA series. I started with a more concrete direction and moved from there and funnily enough I've cut out many of my original character concepts as there is simple no room for them and shoehorning them in would detract from everything else. The DTSA is gone, the series is basically a fanfiction for Sephzero's Paranormal Control worldsetting and it already has an organisation of monster hunters, it doesn't need another. Of all the members of the original Exolon squad I've recycled only one and he now works for Paranormal Control.

With Rise of Gloom I really want to create a complete story with a definite start and end. Only time will tell if I have the discipline and drive to finish it off.
  • Mood: Artistic
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  • Reading: The Elements of Style
  • Watching: Tokyo Ghoul
  • Playing: Starcraft 2
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  • Drinking: Coffee

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Engineseer
Making Silly Things Serious
Hong Kong
Engineseer is a man who writes things. He writes to soothe his soul, he writes to work out his frustrations, he writes to say something he feels is important, he writes for fun, and he writes because he can't draw. Occasionally he may actually draw something despite the previous sentence but mostly he's too busy playing videogames.
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SavageScribe Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Student Filmographer
Very many thanks
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Engineseer Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Cheers, stuff like that is always good to know.
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Korokage Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I have detected a... Schnoz. You probably don't remember me but what's up?
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Engineseer Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
 Hey I remember you. How'd you know it was me? I'm doing fine. Going through a very interesting period in my life moving around between jobs and all.
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Korokage Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I was looking around for some of the peeps and there you just happened to be, commenting on a page not so subtly implying that it was you.

I'm all right. trying to get through college. So like, stuff is just happening.
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Engineseer Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
Well I'm trying to get into college. Just got out of working job for 2 years and I realized I really, really needed to upgrade my skillz.
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starburst98 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
hey man, how you doing? i've been well. moved to a new place tgchan.org come hang out sometime.
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Engineseer Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Wow, of all the people to suddenly walk out of my past... I'm doing alright though I'm afraid this DA is quite inactive. What goes on in tgchan?
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starburst98 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
it's a quest board. as in, one person posts a picture and text and asks what the character should do next. everyone else then posts their ideas and the artist then draws it up. how they pick an idea is up to the author in question.

pictures are also technically optional except in the first post of a thread.

need more help come on IRC Server: Rizon channel: #tgchan
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varawdn Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for the :+devwatch:
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Engineseer Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
Ah...heh..heh. Just decided to keep tabs on you since you're my beta reader and all. <.<

Still thanks for the watch and fav. :)
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varawdn Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Ah... ulterior motives... :D No prob. :D
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Engineseer Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
I did the same for the author I'm beta reading for.

Glad to see you liked Ode to Bullshit. I think it's my opus. Even if people don't like my stories they all enjoyed Ode to Bullshit. :P
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Mana4X2 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Heya Engineseer,

You've been very quiet lately. Are you okay?

:wave:
Mana
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Engineseer Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
Hey

I've been very busy. Lots of work to do at school. I've been trying to move forward with some of my own projects too but there's so little time. Plus my work usually goes through a period of revision after it's finished which means it's even longer before I put it up.

Thanks for saying hi.

How have you been?
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