I have been trying to think of a way to express a real concern in a way that won’t cause anyone needless worry, though to assume that what I’m about to discuss would make anyone else worry might be presumptuous.
When I first started Unguarded, I knew exactly how large the scope of this project was. I also didn’t mind entertaining the scale of it because at the time, there was no pressure. I had no readers so as soon as I grew tired of it, I could drop it without anyone really caring. Or so I assumed. That was a mistake on my part.
Readership has exploded over the last year. I continue to be blown away by all the attention and praise this story receives. Since I tend to passively let word-of-mouth do its work, I truly didn’t expect this to happen. So before I go on, thank you for your support! I am truly humbled. J
Now comes the difficult part. I like to be realistic. And the truth is that, at my current pace, if I were to finish Unguarded, I would likely never have time for any of my other webcomic projects, which is not something I want to see happen. That’s not an exaggeration. Unguarded will take around twenty years to complete at my current pace.
So for now, I’m hoping for the best but planning for the worst. Let’s say that I decide to end the story early. It won’t be THE ending but it will offer some resolution.
The biggest drawback to this is that a lot of scenes I’ve already included don’t see payoff until after the [new] stopping point, rendering them pointless. To stop the story early leaves a trail of scenes that no longer serve a purpose.
My question to readers is this: Do you want me to continue including the possibly “unnecessary” scenes under the assumption that the story will continue after the current arc (even if it might not)?
To drop them will make for a quicker pace but it would also lock me into finishing the story early (as I’m not a fan of losing all of my foreshadowing).
My intention to finish the story hasn’t changed. I still enjoy working on UG. I’d rather work on it for say, ten more years rather than twenty more years is all. I have too many ideas to spend that much time on a fan project.
There’s still quite a bit of time before I actually have to commit to this decision; I am only interested in hearing your opinions.