002: Finding the Soul Of a Character (Part 1 of 2)
Thursday, November 19, 2015 , 2015 | by Ed Williams and Brent Lyles
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Your character’s soul is the makeup of their core beliefs, their values, what they stand for, and how all of that influences their decisions. Finding the soul is taking a stereotype or a trope and flipping it on its head to create a living, breathing, 3-dimensional character that can stand the test of time and provide your comic with stories for years to come.
- Finding your character’s soul gives you the storytelling potential to keep that character in circulation for years to come.
- Never build a character on your own bias or assumptions. Doing your due diligence and research opens your mind to new information. Information changes situations, and that’ll help you build characters outside of your own culture from a place of authenticity.
- Tropes and stereotypes are lazy, cheap, and tell unoriginal and uninspiring stories that are flat. Discovering your character’s soul builds in that third dimension so your character has the depth you need to tell a wider range of original and inspiring stories through that character.
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