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If you have a couple of ideas for a webtoon in mind that you think would be cool to try out but you need some advice because the story idea isn’t really concrete yet?
Well here are some helpful brainstorming exercises that you can do that other webtoon artist have shared that helped them get their webcomic story started!
1. Mind Mapping:
Grab a pen and paper (or try out some mind mapping apps like Celtx, xmind and goodnote). Start with a central bubble representing your core idea. Draw branches radiating outwards, jotting down related themes, characters, settings, and conflicts. Keep branching out, building connections and sparking new possibilities.
For more resources on how to mind map your story check out Think Written’s How to Mind Map a Novel Plot post
2. Character Creation Challenge:
Give your story’s heart a beat! Pick a random object (a coffee mug, a forgotten sock, anything!) and imagine it coming to life as a character. What are their quirks, goals, and flaws? How would they interact with your initial webtoon concept? This unexpected twist can lead to surprising story angles.
Some of my favorite character drawing books by LEZHIN webtoon artist Taco is their Character Point Drawing. It has english translations and is a great find for those who want to draw in Taco’s specific webtoon style.
Visualize your narrative! Divide your webtoon’s potential plot into key scenes. Sketch thumbnails capturing each scene’s essence: where it takes place, who’s involved, and the emotional tone. Don’t worry about perfection – focus on capturing the flow of your story.
Bonus Tip: Fuel your inspiration! Browse other webtoons, movies, or books you enjoy. Analyze what draws you in, and pick apart narrative elements you can adapt for your own story. Remember, it’s okay to borrow and reimagine – just make it your own!
These are just a few sparks to ignite your creative fire. Experiment, mix and match, and don’t be afraid to get messy! Remember, the best ideas often emerge from playful exploration!
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