Wishing I could re-write the story again. by SketchLines
November 26th, 2016, 1:57 am
It's getting harder and harder to continue on with these pages as I think of the past pages I've already completed. It drags on, the terrible art is fine by me, since it's just a webcomic.

I just hate the story progression. I'd hate to try to re-write now, especially since i'm literally about to finish the page that leads up into the action.
It eats me up inside and I feel embarrassed, but at the same time, I'm kinda happy with the new feel of the story overall. It's fun to write and draw the scenarios that enter my mind. Again, it just kills me when I look back and see what I originally wanted Stale to be: a story that made readers think that this story is somehow unique. But as I progressed on with the story, made several scenarios and thinking about Simon's character over and over again, I feel now that I want Stale to entertain me.

I want Stale to be funny, action-y, relatable (at least to me), and super sarcastic with characters that hold more shine and color within their personality, rather than their outward appearances and designs.

I'm happy with the new Stale feeling I'm creating, but again, it really, really eats me up when I take glances at my earlier pages. I cringe in pain and frustration just thinking of how I could re-write it... again.

I don't want to because I'm just thinking that it would be a waste of time and effort, seeing as how this current version of Stale is a re-write already, and just look at where the story has gone thus far.

There is an ending and there is a plot, but throughout the story is on the spot, written in the moment scenes.

Bleh, I just needed to write this out. I feel that I should be transparent with this shit, seeing as how I'm not making money from this. I just hope some people see and read this because I'd like to share what I've been thinking.
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Ian Evans
November 26th, 2016, 4:05 am
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I have a really similar problem. Ultimately my solution was to use a pen. It kind of sucks because if I mess up there isn't a lot I can do to fix it, but it ultimately taught me to accept my work and to move on. If I didn't do it that way I would just be rewriting/redrawing the same couple pages over and over without being satisfied. But it took me a long time to realize that I needed to accept it for what it was and improve as I went. I wasn't planning on revealing that info for a while because it actually is a theme in one of my comics later on (but this seems like a good place to divulge). I don't think it will work for everyone like that, but trust me when I say stale is a work of art. Even if it doesn't come out the way you wanted, it just might end up coming out the way it was supposed to. Whether you rewrite the same 10 pages a billion times or not, i'Il be reading.
SketchLines
November 26th, 2016, 4:45 am
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@Ian Evans: Wow man... Thanks. This gives me a whole new perspective. I really want to thank you for telling me your personal experiences and expectations, it's so relatable and it makes me feel... not as alone in my thinking like this (I'm good at words :P). God man, thanks for being so cool. I really really appreciate it. It really gives me the confidence to keep continuing. TBH i was very close to just scrapping it all over again and re-writing everything.

"It kind of sucks because if I mess up there isn't a lot I can do to fix it, but it ultimately taught me to accept my work and to move on."

"But it took me a long time to realize that I needed to accept it for what it was and improve as I went."

Good God, worded so well. I know it sounds like i'm being all worshipy, but really dude thank you so much for giving me the push, the confidence to keep going and don't look back. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it. :)
Ian Evans
November 26th, 2016, 10:55 am
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Even if you do end up scrapping it, it's still Stale at it's center, and I love Stale. Keep up the good work my dude.