Tip For Story-Tellers Of All Kinds

Whether you’re a writer, comic artist, script writer, or anything that involves creating characters and putting down story–this is a tip that I recommend you all take to heart. (I can’t remember if I’ve posted this before, so I’m doing it now. I can’t stress this enough.)

When you create a character, you may find that over time it becomes boring to work with that same character in the same environment, over and over and over. (I’ll use the story I’m writing as an example.)

For me, with Barnaby (character of mine), I sometimes find myself growing bored of just writing about him being on a deserted island. It’s still fun, but I have to throw new elements in there once in awhile, otherwise I begin to grow bored with my own story. This keeps the story going–which is great–but it also makes it more enjoyable for me to write. I actually have a separate document of just side notes and to-dos for the story. So that if I ever don’t know where to go next, I can open up that document, look at the ideas I’ve written down, and pick one that seems fun.

However, it is a really good idea to take a break from writing, to draw. Or crochet, or sing–or do anything else, so that the writing side of you is always getting new inspiration, and never tiring (at least, not as often) of writing. Writing for hours on end is great, if you’re getting stuff done–but you also need to take a break, to do anything else. Take a walk, sit outside with a cup of tea, read a book. Literally anything that isn’t writing, for a little while, often. Because otherwise, you will run dry of valuable inspiration, and you won’t want to keep working on your book if you’re going at it 24/7.

One thing I love to do, is take a break everyday (for me, in the evening) to traditionally sketch some character concepts. It’s sketching. It’s free, no critiques needed, accepted or wanted. Draw your characters doing anything. The artist side of me goes crazy over character designs, so I often draw my characters as all sorts of different things. This really helps me experiment with how they look, probe into new ideas for the characters, and glean some inspiration for my book.

I’ve drawn Barnaby as a sonic character, Anime, realism, general Western cartoon style, Chibi, sort-of-a-stick-figure, in all sorts of poses that he would never actually make (ballerina ones are my favorite). I’ve drawn him as a humanoid dog, fox, cat, an actual dog wearing an aviator jacket and helmet, the opposite gender–anything and everything that I could think of. It was all in good fun, none of it serious, and helped me a lot.

So, that’s my recommendation for you. Explore your story, your characters, in other mediums. Draw the most ridiculous scene, the most awkward poses, and in designs that you know you will never actually use. It’s really, really fun. And clears the mind, to allow more writing inspiration.

Also–you know–take a break from the story every now and then. Think about it, work on it in other mediums when you’re not writing, make an effort to continue it at least a little bit everyday–but make sure to live in-between the words of your book. Or comic–or whatever it is that you’re working on. As enthusiastic as you may be, there are going to be times when–to prevent writers’ block–you should pull away from what you’re doing, and live. Go window shopping, take a long walk, fail to bake cookies, watch a TV show. Sometimes even doing different stuff on the same screen, helps. (Though I recommend that you don’t always go from one screen to another.)

That’s all. Good luck with your projects–keep on working at them–take a breather every now and again–and have fun!

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