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SYAC - Following The Leader by TomPreston SYAC - Following The Leader by TomPreston
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They say that the signs of being a good writer is when your characters start to do things which are totally unexpected even to you. However this can have negative effects too. Often I have a plan of where I want my main overall story to go, but then find that when I begin writing my characters have other plans. It can be fun to let your characters go off on random tangents, but you must never lose sight of the ultimate goal. One trick I've found which helps me stay focused is to restrict my chapters to a set number of pages.
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Ansa88 Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
oh dear, that last image is too much what my novel is turning out to be...first a new character, then a protaganist decided he had a dirty mouth and didn't want me to censor him...
eh, it's a writer's problem.

i wouldn't be able to fit within that, but might try that sometime for one of my ideas--it sounds like it would really work.

very, very nice comic, had a good chuckle at it.
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GothicAnimeGirl Apr 20, 2011  Student Writer
i might try that in the future. i always have trouble with that while writing my stories. thanks for the help! even if ends up not working!
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Sometimes, it's like my characters have minds of their own...
Great job, (I'm beginning to realize I say that everytime, which is a little ironic considering the comic...) I love it!
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Bovegas7 Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh, nice one! XD
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That's why characters are alive! :la:
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AlopexVelox Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's when you know your character have a life all there own... I get this at times ^^; Still awesome work.
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mudbloodjew Apr 20, 2011  Student Filmographer
I know the feeling. I can't draw, but I write and my characters do this all the time
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GraphiteHeart Apr 20, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I'm crazy enough to argue with my characters. Having a set amount of pages does help me get things in order
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