WRITING UPDATE: SEQUEL SERIES CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

As I continue to write the first volume of my sequel series, I brainstorm ways for my main characters to evolve as they begin their hero’s journey. For example, the strongest of the main characters will be one of the most powerful characters I ever created, but he will also be the most psychologically vulnerable as a result of traumatic event, which could inhibit his vast potential. The darkest protagonist will be supremely intelligent to the point of nearly being cynical while being driven by the desire to eliminate any potential threat to the world he lives in. The female lead would come from a pleasant lifestyle, which would mold her into a compassionate and caring young woman, but she would also be unbearably naive about the dark side of society. The most aggressive protagonist will come from a lifestyle that is simple yet poor, which would make him envious of his wealthy neighbors and aspire to something greater than his humble beginnings to the point of being overly ambitious. The eccentric protagonist will be arrogant, impatient, and a borderline insane adrenaline junkie as a result of his unstable power. Each of these characters will have their own story as they converge to form the new generation of Young Guardians. I look forward to tinkering with them later on.

CHARACTER OVERVIEW: ROBERT NATHAN

In one of my new short stories, the main character is Robert Nathan, who is one of my favorite new characters to work with. He begins as a young man with high expectations and optimism. His origin as a superhero was a classical laboratory accident that transforms him into a being that is not made of flesh, blood, or bone. His powers consist solar energy manipulation and control over matter on an atomic level. He is by far one of the most radical protagonists I ever created and I look forward to developing him further in future works. If you wish to discover Robert’s story, click here.

SUPERPOWER: POWER ABSORPTION

Another power manipulation ability is the ability to drain the powers of others and make them your own. I find this one of the cruelest of superhuman abilities because it strips an individual of part of their identity. The difference between power absorption and power mimicry is that power absorption takes powers away while power mimicry just copies powers. The one thing that these two powers have in common is that they allow the user to increase their own arsenal of powers, making them a force to be reckoned with. Because it is one of the cruelest of powers, I am planning to give this ability to one of the main villains and I intend to give them an even more twisted version of this ability to make them even more sinister.

SUPERPOWER: EMPATHIC MIMICRY

My personal favorite version of Power Mimicry is Empathic Mimicry. What makes this version different from traditional Power Mimicry is that it not only copies powers, but it also allows the user to form an empathic connection with the one they copy from. There are two prominent examples of this ability: Peter Petrelli from Heroes and Hope Summers from Marvel. In both of these cases, the wielder formed an emotional connection with the super humans around them, which allowed them to copy powers. In addition, their power arsenals continued to grow with each power they copied. Even though this power makes the user progressively stronger, it also enables the wielder to develop a strong sense of compassion. I am thinking of giving one of my future characters this power.

WRITING UPDATE: COMIC BOOK OPPORTUNITY

Great news! A golden opportunity has opened for my books to be converted into a comic book series! My best friend got me in touch with someone who works at a comic book publisher in Los Angeles. Based on what I have heard, this company has a presence at the Comikaze Convention in Los Angeles. Two years ago, I wrote the first three chapters of a graphic novel script so I will now continue to expand it in preparation for this opportunity. Wish me luck!

THE MINDSET OF A WRITER

Due to my imagination and autism, I tend to see the world in a unique perspective. The creative side of my mind is always active even while I am at my job or school and portray my surroundings in colorful ways. Whenever I experience something positive, I tend to feel as though the world became brighter and I could imagine an individual transforming a hurricane into a gentle breeze or sunlight glittering off the surface of a lake. Whenever I experience something negative, such as when I hear about the evil ISIS is spreading, I imagine the skies darkening or the landscape being drowned in an infinitesimal torrent of blood. Often times, I ask myself philosophical questions about the world such as “Do I exist?” or “Is a utopia possible?” or “If you have superhuman powers, are you still human?” In each of these questions, I can envision countless possible answers and scenarios, which I sometimes use in my writing. When I dream, I experience scenarios that are so profoundly stupid that they can never be funny. Overall, the creative side of my mind is always at work even while I am asleep.

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