Don’t let anyone out there full you. Creating something unique is hard no matter how you look at it.
On a recent idea walk, the kiddo and I discussed how hard it can be when you are trying to create something unique no matter the medium you are using.
The topic came up when he was told me about the difficulty he was having making a new character for a card game he is developing.
This was something I could totally relate too.
I lost count of how many times I asked the same question to myself over the years.
A good example is the standard supernatural creatures we always read about, werewolves or vampires.
Folks have done their best to add their twist on the creatures. Maybe they shifted the backstory of the creature. Or how they moved around once transformed or how they sparkled in the sunlight.
But no matter what they did, there was only so much you could do.
I told him sometimes creative types sometimes focus too much on one detail they forget there is a bigger picture.
Sure maybe your werewolf is standard but it is the rest of your character and plot that makes it truly unique. This is when it helps to have feedback from others outside of your group.
I discovered the kiddo is the only thing I have been able to create something that is truly unique.
And yes he does know it.
In the end, I said sometimes it is the smallest detail that could set your character apart from the others.
Do you find creating something unique is hard?