Taking Some Time Away from FutureBlog
Lots of writers do this... honest!!
Sometimes while you're working on a project you realize that it's not quite grabbing you the way you'd like and it's not quite playing out the way you had planned. When you write fictional characters like I do, you can find yourself listening to your characters and finding that they're not making the most interesting choices.
When you're trying to write interesting characters, it's 1) important to listen to them and 2) important to provide them with story and plot points that make their choices more clear and options more narrow. Because I didn't do this with the lead character of FutureBlog, he is staring at a buffet when he should be staring through the eye of a needle.
Another factor is my weekly comic, Kosmik Book, FKA Pete, Cartooned. The latter was my diary comic and it was getting stale trying to write and draw something personal every week (and I had been doing just that for over a year) and so I decided to go a little rogue with it. It's still about me but it explores what would happen if I indulged myself and took a very different direction with it— a science fiction direction.
So, I did a few comics where an alien was chatting with Pete about how alien culture was better than Earth culture and ultimately the alien offered Pete a ride into space to see for himself.
All of a sudden, a huge storyline sprawled out in front of me when I went to write the script for just one comic strip. It was so epic and yet still very much me. So, that's what I'm going to focus on for a bit instead of FutureBlog. If you've enjoyed FutureBlog so far, or even if you haven't (especially if you haven't!), please let me know. In the meantime, stay subscribed to this Substack as I will still be writing about writing here and will also post some other stories that I've actually finished. Expect a paywall, though--sorry, gotta pay for my Internet somehow!
Anyway, thanks for reading!
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