13.25: Our Journey With Character

Your Hosts: Brandon, Valynne, Dan, and Howard

Brandon wanted to ask us how our perspectives on character have changed since the very beginning of our writing. It’s a difficult question to answer, and a very soulful sort of thing to answer in front of other people. So Brandon went first while the rest of us racked our brains.

What are you going to learn from this episode? Well… you might learn a bit about each of us, but it’s also possible that you’ll learn something about your own writing, and find yourself able to navigate the next few steps on your journey with character.

Note: The apology strips Howard mentioned begin with this strip. They are part of a story that begins here.

Credits: This episode was recorded by Dan Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson.


Describe your journey with character to someone else.

My Lady Jane, by Brodie Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows

6 thoughts on “13.25: Our Journey With Character”

  1. This time, the beehive hummers, Brandon, Valynne, Dan, and Howard, told their own stories, of the journeys they have made from young writers focused on plot and wrangling characters to now, where the characters are the focus, and plot grows out of their interactions. More or less! Read their stories, in the transcript available in the archives and over here…


    And watch for the cliffhangers! Whew, that was a close escape!

  2. I love this podcast. It has gotten me through many a long and tedious work day. It has also spoiled me for other podcasts with its superior qualities. One of the things I like most is that in all the seasons and episodes, I could count the times you guys used the word ‘journey’ on one hand or maybe two. That was until this episode. ;-/
    Just kidding. Love you guys and can’t wait for next week.

  3. Would someone take the time to post a link to the Schlock Mercenary comic(s) where Kevyn makes the apology? I know I have read it, but can’t recall it (or the point in the timeline) offhand.

  4. Howard’s thoughts on this topic hit me right in the feels and brought an already great episode up into the stratosphere. Thank you.

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