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Originally I had this long talky section as Pakku went through each individual car, past guards and lieutenants. It was boring to draw and would have been even more boring to read, so fortunately I had a moment of clarity and decided to show it all in a single page instead.

AND I finally get to introduce one of my NEW favorite characters (they’re all favorites, but hey, I can’t help being a proud character-momma) Lu Pai. He’s one of LeyLines’ Named Villains.

See, originally this section was going to take place with nameless villain types, but when I came to scripting it out, it just wasn’t working. I had the image of Lu Pai in my mind, and he just demanded a name. Naturally, once I started down that line of thought, I simply HAD to give him a back-story, and once he had a back-story I realized that ONE Named Villain wasn’t NEARLY enough.

So I made a whole team. Don’t worry, you’ll be meeting them soon enough. >:)

Have you ever had a character or project with a mind of its own?

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A team of named villains! I approve, and I can’t wait to meet them, heh.

But yeah, ALL of my characters and projects take on minds of their own. I can’t tell you how many times I sat down to write a chill dude protagonist and ended up with a dramatic unstable mess of emotions, haha. No one ends up the way I first envisioned them, and they definitely DO THINGS THEY WEREN’T SUPPOSED TO. ALL THE TIME. Usually it turns out for the best, but I still end up yelling at my monitor.

I’m sure you can relate.

Oh, very much so. Much frustration at characters refusing to behave has occurred in the past and will no doubt occur in the future. Some characters are worse than others. Hans has always been my greatest trouble-maker. Very opinionated about how his story should go, that one. If he didn’t like what I’d written, I’d get a writers block until I came up with something he approved of. So far in LeyLines I haven’t had a character surprise me too much, but I’m sure that one will rise to the top once I’ve written them longer.

Did you have any one character that gave you particular trouble, or are they all equally opinionated?

I remember you mentioning that about Hans! He seems like the tricky sort. I’m sure someone in LeyLines will pull a fast one on you soon, as well…they always do.

You wouldn’t be familiar with my biggest troublemaker, Nolan…he’s NOT supposed to appear in IgZ, but he has a lot of connections with IgZ characters, so I wouldn’t put it past him. Anyway, he was supposed to be a popular coolkid but ended up being the most melodramatic, oblivious and impulsive main character I ever had to deal with. Luckily he grew out of that, but still. Lots of screen-yelling when I wrote his story (which, incidentally, I have on GoogleDocs if you’d like to read it!)

😀 VILLAINS SQUEE! I can’t wait to see how this goes.

And yes, several. The most notable instance is this one character from Fireman who was, in essence, a spot-filler for one of the bad guys’ servants. Each of the villains had to have one, y’see, so I filled the slot.

Then he decided he had a backstory and an actual personality (oddly enough characterizing him was easier than characterizing the MC). Then he decided that instead of being a face with a name that might get killed off in a fight somewhere, the story was actually going to follow him and his point of view more than it would the MC, and… well. It’s snowballed from there. That reminds me, I actually need to write that story sometime.

Now I DEFINITELY want you to write that story so I can read it!! What happened with Fireman is exactly the same as what Lu Pai caused for me. I’m so glad it did, because it gave me a chance to flesh the world out a little more by filling it with people who have different perspectives. I found writing the backstories of my villains far easier than writing for main characters as well. I think it’s because villains are much clearer on what they want. Their desires and motives aren’t as vague as most of my main characters. What does Tama want? Uh…freedom? Oh, THAT’S not massive and fuzzy Tama, thanks a lot for THAT motive! What do my villains want? That’s FAR more specific!

Different perspectives are always awesome. I think that’s one of the reasons Dystopia’s been so easy to work on… But yeah, the character I was talking about doesn’t really stay a straight-out villain for long. Once you start delving into all the forces at play in the story, things get turned on their head a bit. His motives are very straight-forward though, which is nice, and… you know, that’s the case with all my other villains in there too. I’d say that must be a villain thing, except for the existence of certain exceptions. *glares at Huxley*

The silhouettes on this page make me happy. Super awesome way to do this scene.

My characters constantly take on lives of their own. Minor characters become major ones, Major characters inform me of things in their backstory while I’m writing, and villains once kept an entire plot of a novel from me until the big reveal at the end. It was nerve-wracking. But I love when the characters take over, it makes things so much more fun!

It definitely makes the writing process more interesting when characters have a mind of their own! I’ve never had a villain keep something that big to themselves before, I can only imagine how insane that grand reveal must have been! Hey, if it can surprise the author, then it can surprise the reader, right?

Does no one give that hatted dude some credit? He’s walking slowly probably from some unfortunate malady, and he might just want to return the wallet of some crazy dude who ran past. Give him the benefit of the doubt, will ya?

Oooh, this is exciting! I can’t wait to meet them all and get to know them 😀 You always have such interesting characters!

Hmm, characters with minds of their own…Well, I have a character named Didimot who’s a blind Gnome bard from a small town. Initially, I was going to have her be super-innocent and against killing of any sort. She grew a feisty backbone that I never expected, though. I think her thirst for justice is stronger than her feelings against killing; granted, everything we’ve killed thus far have been evil creatures, nothing much in the way of humanoids…perhaps she’ll discover some small bit of that left inside her once the plot gets rolling and things get more involved 🙂

Didimot sounds like she has quite the story going! That’s a great character conflict that you’ve created — the morality of killing evil things and what implications that has on the rest of her life. Not to mention “feisty blind Gnome bard” is pretty much the best combo ever. 🙂

I like the silhouettes. Oh, Pakku.

=/ Just read my posts about my NanoWrimo. It is now completely unusable as a novel, but it’s been a fun ride. (And I’m actually fairly close to the climax. I think I can finish it.)

Hahaha! I read your NanoWrimo post and it looks like you’ve got two rather opinionated main characters on your hands! I don’t understand why that makes it unusable as a novel tho! What’s the problem with them splitting up?

(It’s unusable as a novel because the characters are not so much characters as people to which things happen. This is what usually happens. I have to write a plot draft before I can do a character draft. If you read it, you would understand.)

The entire plot hinged on them going to a different country together, becoming BFFs, and then finding out that one of them has the power to cause a lot of trouble via something that could only happen in the other country. Also, I had nothing for the character who stayed where he was to do. (Which is why all the other characters popped up.) But I think it will be more interesting this way.

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