Now if you all follow me,you know I had placed Out of this World in Semi hiatus till my Sleepy Hollow which is a trilogy is complete.And I wanted to discuss major game changing plans I have in store for Out of this world!
1. Out of this world has been a huge part of my childhood.Much like sleepy hollow.I have developed and reworked my characters so many times I have lost count!
2.It was only after I pitched it and was mentored by the lovely at Nanyang Polytechnic did I fall in love with the story again.
3.Now, after graduating I was very admandant.Originally Out of the world began as...A love story.Yes, a love story.I am a massive sap for true love and destiny and all that yap. But after graduating I wanted to grow up , take on challenges, so I tried to distance myself from the 'love' storyline and majorly did a huge rescrapping.
4.I pushed back three major characters to the initially panned trilogy two buuuut....
I found something lacking.I just could not feel the soul of my book and it threw me into major limbo, frustrated, I came out with Sleepy Hollow,It took me months of puzzling in between creating Sleepy Hollow but I found it out.
Love was what Out of this world is about.
Sleepy Hollow is about outcasts triumphing over odds ,about not judging a book by it's cover ultimately.
Out of this world was created on the concept of courage and love.By keeping courage and doing my best to eliminate love , I had almost destroyed my story I had loved.
So I have after much debate I have once again decided to restructure it so I can salvage my story and raise it.
Ning and Hei, WILL be staying.So you don't have to worry about THEM being scrapped off.XD
To Miss Deda, the Pirate Balthasar has been a major inspiration for Out of this World and it would not have been the same comic without you shaping it,you once pointed it out I had a wonderful story and while I was too blind to realize it at that time you were absolutely right.Out of this world is and always will be a love story.Yes, it is not a hundred percent love.Being a fangirl (I lurk.Shhhh. I hide in the corner, draw fanart and come out of hibernation after an entire half a year ) of the Pirate Balthasar , with the most recent chapters of the saga( I will not lie, it broke my heart when Castalia was turned into Gemma and looking at Ahr and Kane), I realized something very important. Love does not have to be there a hundred percent there, but it is there, it is the heart after all and it does not make your characters weak when it motivates them.Love is powerful , as important as courage is.And I was really silly to try and get rid of it on a presumption that love made your characters feeble (I messed up.Big time.Kinda.) Growing up does not define stamping out the concept of love in a foolish bid of considering it to be a childish fantasy.As I read the Pirate Balthasar, I realized love was in all the characters, and all of them were strong, brave and interesting well developed multi-faceted characters and love is one of the driving factors but it did not make the Pirate Balthasar 'weak' but made it infact even stronger.It was extremely immature of me to try and get rid of that element in my graphic novel.
This is no excuse but I was extremely influenced by tumblr and feminism.And at that time,I wanted to distance my concept of love from my story in a misguided attempt to 'mature' the characters .Yet I found my characters lacking the fire and drive I fell for in the first place.
So, over the next few weeks, you might be seeing spoilerly images,Maybe even a page and I miiiight post character profiles.I am working on Sleepy Hollow but I am really excited for my Out of This World comic as I can feel it's heart beating once more.
(Hint: Hei has a brother and two sisters.They are gonna be introduced earlier and be major movers and shakers. I think you know who I'm talking about here,miss Deda! )
So, any thoughts would be welcome! I understand this will be a major change. I also plan to change Out of this world into fully digital and by the time Sleepy hollow is complete, it will be the very next year! Soooo the style most likely has changed big time! The doodle above illustrates this best.I hope all of you will understand and like the plans I have made! >.< I apologize for the major restucturing, but I feel that it is my duty as an author to give my characters their voice again and as an author to offer the best I have to my friends! Thank you for your understanding!
I'm happy for you that you've made this change. I know how it feels to try to get rid of an important element in a story, and it just doesn't feel right. It feels...hollow and restrained.
I also had the same notion about plots involving love. I hope I don't sound arrogant by saying this, but I think the reason is because most of them aren't done right. The romantic element completely consumes the story, makes the characters dribbling idiots, and leads to many unneeded dilemmas, most of them cliche. Love is so much more than being a couple. Love is more than blindly worshipping the ground your lover walks on. Love is more than kissing. Love is standing by the people closest to you, helping them grow as people, giving them a hand when they need it most, and sharing good times (and bad times) together. Heck, it doesn't even have to be a couple, it could be family and friends, too. I also think that love is so misrepresented in the media because you usually don't get to see why the lovers love each other. They might think the other character is attractive, and admire one personality trait in one another, but that's usually it. I'll even admit, when dexpirimenting with romances between my characters, I sometimes fall into some of these pitfalls.
Also,mature plots can have happy endings too. (I don't know why I'm giving out all of these opinions when I barely have my own affairs in order. )
Anyway, I have the utmost faith in your ability. I don't think your characters will be lost to love, but rather gain something from the expirience.
I'll be rooting for Ning, as always. And I wonder how Hei will interact with his brother and sisters; that should be interesting.
One last question: Does all of this mean you're starting from the beginning?
Oh no, you do npt at all sound arrogant.There is a far distance between arrogance and having a strong opinion and I can assure you, you are far from arrogant!..... Hehe, "dribbling idiots".Ahem! You put it far more profoundly than I could.YES! You know, when love is part of the reason that fuels maybe part of the plot of motivates the characters then yes, it is all fine and dandy but when love overpowers the plot...WELL...I mean all of us can name a certain franchise involving vegetarian vampires and emotionless mary sues......AHEM!
But yes, love is so much more than just a mere quibbling or blind passion.Passion is very different thing from love , which seems be a serious misinterpretation.And your opinions are most valid and highly inspiring! It gave me,heh, a wake up call on where my priorities on the affairs of the heart should be....I in turn can;t wait to see your comic!
And lastly, yes. Everything will go back to the start so as to introduce several critical characters to the plot much earlier!
Ah, thanks for the reassurance! The more I thought about this post, the more I felt like I didn't know what I was saying.
Passion...I forgot that word existed, but it coveys what I was trying to say perfectly. Passion does not equal love.
(Ahahaha yes, we could all do better by forgetting about that franchise )
I see! That is intrigueing, so a story needs a theme.A key message.Hmmm....I really wonder how I am going to put forward the dual concepts of love and courage,because I think that is what my themes would be.
And thank you so very much.It really means a lot to me that you care so much about my story.