I turned 27 today, and I’m going through a 1/3 life crisis. I’m not positive I want to draw long epic comics all my life. I think I’d rather write long, epic novels and draw fun, shorter comics that are lower-stress. I’d hate to drop Dark Wings and Ashes, but I’m realising that at the pace I work, I will never finish them- especially Dark Wings, which is an insanely long and detailed story. I’m already writing Ashes as a novel- I’m currently working on Chapter 7 (out of I’d say around 20-25 chapters). I think I like writing better… Not sure what I want to do. I’ll soon be taking a loooong break from Eryl and work on the new Laiyu project (which is something in-between comic and novel) and try to figure out what I want to do.
I had planned on having some villain sketches for you guys as my next preview, but before I get any further in this project, I’ve realised I’m faced with a big decision because of a big problem. The problem being that this story is not translating well to prose. I’m finding myself mired early on in the writing process because I’m having trouble making it feel believable. A more talented writer than myself would be able to make it work, but I’m not sure I can. I love the concept of an illustrated novel set into comic-like pages, and I chose this way of telling a story because it would be less work than a comic. But I’m not liking how the prose is turning out at all. The Ashes novel is actually going quite well; I think that story works well in both comic and prose form if each is approached in the right way. But this story feels awkward. And I feel I am still too inexperienced a writer to fix it.
So here’s the dilemma: Continue to power through writing it out in prose and accept that many amateur online novels have rough beginnings and hope that it will improve over time OR convert the project into a comic with a simpler art style- possibly black and white manga style or in simple colour. I know I am more experienced with comic scripting and am confident I can do it. But it will mean a lot more time-consuming work, which means less time spent on Eryl or any of the other comics that I already fail at updating with any semblance of frequency.
It’s a big choice to make, and I’d like some of you guys’ thoughts. Would you be willing to power through a less-than-stellar prose beginning, or would you like a comic that I’m not at all sure would update very much? I really want to work on this, and it’s a much shorter story than either Eryl or Ashes.
This story is begging to come out, and I need to make a decision.
I’ve mentioned this project before. A novel that’s structured more like a comic, relying heavily on visuals, but written out in prose. Well, to show how serious I am about working on it, it now has its own website on FL Studios! It probably won’t start updating until 2015. Maybe a little earlier… but I doubt it. I want to have at least 2-3 chapters finished first. But until then, I’m going to be posting concept art and previews on its website. I’ll also occasionally ask for input on character designs and such. I plan to do some sketching tomorrow for the main villain’s design, so check back soon for that and leave some feedback on what you think of him. Right now you can just poke about Laiyu’s page (what little of it there is- just click the ‘Laiyu’ link to the left in with the other projects), and if you have any questions at all, feel free to ask!
Being the immensely wise, sensible person that I am, when I wanted to update the look of this site, I upgraded to the latest version of Comicpress so that everything would be up-to-date, compatible, and continue to run smoothly. I mean, that’s the wise, sensible thing right?
Well, I’m in over my head, and while I’ve managed the bulk of the customisations and migration of archives, there are still some major kinks to work out.
The most prominent being that weird notice on archive pages that there are no widgets in the left sidebar. I have no idea what’s causing that or how to fix it, so I’ll have to post in some help forums once I’m a little more awake (it currently being 5:00AM and I’ve been working on the site since midnight). Fixed thanks to help from Philip Hofer (the comicpress creator)! Thank you so much, Phil!
If you guys spot anymore bugs, PLEASE let me know in the comments, or e-mail me (contact info is on the ‘about’ page).