As you guys might have noticed, Generation 17 updates have been quite rocky recently. There are several reasons behind that, but the MAIN reason is, to put it simply, I’m getting tired of this story.
I started Generation 17 four years ago with a somewhat simple premise : put the characters I had in a more interesting story that the one I was writing at the time. I also wanted to avoid the pitfall I fell in with y previous comic, where I wrote the story in too much detail and left too little room for improvisation. Of course, since I’m a writer noob, I fell into the exact opposite pitfall.
By not putting down enough waypoints in my outline, I caused Generation 17 to have a chronic pacing problem. This is what caused the reboot of Chapter 3, and this is what causes the plot to be barely 25% done in four effing years. It was simply too big of a project that I went through like an amateur (because as far as writing goes that’s what I am). I should have started smaller. Another problem is, I changed a lot in the last 4 years. To the point I can say that I’m not the same man I was back when I started G17, and today, I feel like I’m working with someone else’s plot. And in the end, I’ve simply grown tired of telling a story that feels like I’m swimming through molasses.
I’ve always been both surprised and impressed at the support G17 got from you all. This is because of it that I’ve hesitated putting G17 on hiatus for so long – I didn’t want to disappoint you. But today, I decided I needed to be honest with you. I just can’t keep on pretending to still be working on G17 when every weekend I feel like, well, not. I can’t keep on pretending to update weekly when I barely do so monthly because I can’t work on the comic. And while putting G17 on hiatus breaks my heart, this is just acknowledging what has been going on for a while now. I need a clean break, and hopefully I’ll come back to this story later.
So, is Generation 17 dead ? Well… I hope not. I plan on coming back to it later when I’m a bit better and can write the plot NOT by the seat of my pants. I might have to reboot the whole thing. I just don’t know yet, and I don’t want to make promises I might not be able to keep.
What I can tell you, however, is that I have other projects I’m going to start soon. The main one is named Chimaera High, and might sound familiar to those following me on FA. It is an interactive comic that I’ll start here on Petite Symphony very soon, and I hope you’ll like it. I’ll keep you posted about it ^^
Thank you all for your support through these years, and see you soon 🙂