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    cfk, Brecht

    The Lone Wolf is a strange concept. It seems to stem from an admiration of the wolf, combined with recoiling for the social nature of the wolf.

    There are real lone wolves, of course. They are wolves who have been outcast from their pack. And no, they don't tend to thrive. The wolf is a social creature, a lone wolf is not a happy wolf. The wolf is also a social hunter, on its own, a lone wolf isn't going to be able to bring down the prey that the wolfpack could.

    You can see by my sig that the Lone Wolf concept is one I've thought of before.

    But putting aside that, there are a lot of ways a loner character can be written. One is a dedicated loner, forced to cooperate, who only wants to get done with the task so he can be alone again. Then there's the character who is a loner, and is looking to make connections with people. Sometimes the loner makes connections, only to have those connections broken - you might get the sense that this character just isn't that good at connecting with people for the long term.

    The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

    by A Citizen on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 12:05:42 AM PST

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