(this is a long note sorry….)
This started out as something completely different. It was a long post about how unfocused and confused I am with gen seven, and about how I’ve been questioning things plus the fact that recent feedback made me feel like cutting out all the side-plot stuff because it really served no importance other than heavy character development.
I continued on with how I need a short hiatus to refocus, how this hiatus will probably be a week long but possibly up to two weeks. I wrote a lot of stuff about how I was considering things from time skips to even erasing what I’ve written and starting anew.
I got to the end with a big apology and thanking you for your patience and understanding. I finished with my signature, and went to hit publish.
Then I stopped.
I reread everything I wrote. It was heartfelt and honest. But something about it felt wrong.
I reread everything again. I looked at what I wrote about the side plots. About how even though I really liked them, I should probably take them out to hurry the main plot along. How I should put in shorter ideas with character development so the story wouldn’t drag on. That was true, I believed that, so why not publish the note?
I hovered my mouse over the publish button but it felt wrong. So I reread yet again what I wrote and I realized…
Maybe I am lost and unhappy with the story, maybe it is disorganized and not so great right now, but… I should write the story how I want to write it. Character development… is important. Having a bit of fluff may not be as important, but it’s still seeing the characters grow and change, or how they are.
If I cut and cut and cut, and only leave the main plot in with very little focus on anything else the generation would probably only be ten chapters long, if that. You wouldn’t know Zaid very well, or the people in his life. Maybe some of you aren’t clicking with him and that is PERFECTLY FINE but if I just push him into this good, fully developed character than there’d be no journey.
Now… I don’t believe in spoilers. I understand others do, but I personally don’t. So what if I know what happens at the end? So what if I know the plot? It’s the journey through the book or movie that’s important. I literally do not understand people who won’t read a book or see a movie because they know the ending. Is that really the only important thing? I mean, everyone knew how “Titanic” would end. But it was still one of the most popular movies. People saw it multiple times, because they connected to the characters on their journey. “Doctor Who”, you know the Doctor will regenerate eventually but you still get so connected with one Doctor and all his little stories. Because of his character, not his ending.
Now, Danevbies isn’t a book or a movie or even a TV show (though I suppose series of mini-series would be the most like it, with episodes popping out and each gen being a its own little series). But if I cut out every little thing that isn’t important to the main plot then I am going to get fifteen minutes of “Titanic”. I’m going to get a condensed, two-parter of “Doctor Who”. You’re not going to care about Zaid, or his partner(s) or his children or his friends. You’re gonna watch seven turn into eight the same way I watched Matt Smith turn into Peter Capaldi: not caring one bit about seeing him go.
So right now I am going to take the short hiatus I was going to take. I am going to calm down, relax, and refocus. But not in the same way I was before. I am going to focus on how I can make the story better and keep the character development I like. Will I be cutting some stuff out? Yeah, probably. But not to the extent I was thinking of. This generation is important to the overall plot, and I want to do it the justice it deserves. I want to be happy with it, and I want you to be happy with it. Condensing it down… I don’t think that will make any of us happy. And if some people don’t like it, that’s fine.
So I am gonna take this break. It will probably be around a week long, maybe two weeks at most. And with luck I will come back and be able to write an even better story. Thank you for your patience and understanding. I love you all ❤