I think it's time I finally try this.
To all my good friends (you know who you are) the time has come for you to help me in a little experiment I wish to try, but ONLY if you're going to help me with it.
It is MY belief--and one supported by
--that even a great series will degrade if the writer is ill-equipped to handle a weekly release schedule and that the decline of Bleach and Fairy Tail as of late is due to the fact that "being a writer with a weekly release schedule is hard"
To summarize a conversation I had with my good pal,
If you had a weekly release schedule wouldn't the quality in your work decline?
Yes, yes it would.
And now comes the criticism I know a certain someone is frothing at the mouth to bring up:
But, Alex, you are an amateur writer at best with delusions of grandeur. You are not a mangaka and fanfiction and original manga are two entirely different things. It's not the same thing.
Well, so what? Mangaka don't just fall out of the sky, you know. They all had to start somewhere. (same with politicians, but that's another matter *rim shot*)
And also, not every mangaka IS a master storyteller. For every Eichiro Oda out there, there are at least ten Tite Kubos. For every Kouta Hirano there's a few or so Ken Akametsus.
I maintain that I am fully capable of telling a decent story that people want to read.
But, for such a thing like this, I really DON'T want to fuck up a decent plot idea through bad writing.
However, no new brainstorms have struck me.
So, instead, how about one of my brainstorms that, on the whole, I really DON'T have any idea what I'm doing. That way it perfectly sets up the whole "writing from the seat of your pants thing".
I'll be going with the idea found here: draconichero18.deviantart.com/…
For those of you, my friends, that are not FEA fans, suck it up and read it anyway since this is one brainstorm that, by my opinion, should require NO pre-emptive knowledge of its source material.
The whole point of this experiment is to determine one thing: Is it possible for a series to degrade over time when you have a weekly release schedule and other things going on that make it impossible to always keep track of said series.
To that end, the following things MUST remain consistent:
1. Release will ALWAYS be by 8pm on Saturday Evenings Eastern Standard time
2. NO betas. NO forethought beyond the first few chapters and NO discussion with anyone for future ideas and whether or not I should NOT do something. No retcons NO takebacks. NO editing! I must literally write by the seat of my pants.
3. Each chapter must be AT LEAST 2000 words and cannot exceed 5 or 6 thousand no matter HOW MUCH of a terrible cliffhanger I might leave, with perhaps the exception of the pilot.
4. If a reader suggests something, even if that idea is better storytelling than what I might be planning, I can only take that suggestion if I LIKE that idea better. This is MY series and I will not be swayed by ANYONE!
Since DA now has this feature where if you mention someone they're alerted to it, it's time for me to basically flat out state those of you probably now reading this I want to read this story and WHY
Dude, you are NOT going to let me off easy AT ALL and for this kind of experiment I NEED your no holds barred style of critique
If I piss you off, GO TO TOWN! Yes, I'm taking this idea seriously, but that won't excuse me forgetting basic plot elements and the like. Much like rat, you aren't going to let me off easy.
You, like GKR, also are no holds barred in your comments and I really would appreciate your input
While you are much less judgmental--least from where I'm standing--than the above 3, you still have an accounting for quality. If you're being off-put by my shortcomings, this is a warning flag to me.
Dude, you were the one who pretty much made me decide it was time to bring this idea to the forefront. I've always valued your input on my work so don't slack here, please.
Like Ebi, my friend, you are much easier to please and since this is superheroism, you would know when I'm screwing up royally too XD. Also, if you're getting irritated 2nd warning flag.
You are my absolute target audience and definitely the LAST person I want to piss off. If you start to notice the cracks, well I'm certainly in trouble.
The experiment is a success if you all drop the series for VALID reasons because this experiment won't work if I don't have your help.
Those of you I did not mention OF COURSE you are welcome to read and review the series (even those of you my closest friends I mentioned in another journal, but not here). It's just the 7 people I just mention tend to be rather VOCAL in their opinions on matters and, well, they've stuck with me for quite a while and they're the type of friends I know will be beneficial to this experiment.
But, also, let me make something clear:
You are NOT obligated--even the 7 I mentioned--to keep UP with the series. You are only obligated to at least read the damn thing within the same reasonable time it would take you to read the latest weekly manga release. Any criticism you may have can then be forwarded to me when you have the time. And, of course, please message me any and all opinions IMMEDIATELY!
The experiment is a success IF:
All 7 of the people I mentioned notice a decline in the quality that "I set out for the series".
The first 3 people I mentioned come at me with considerably lengthy commentary about how I made a fuck up so wide you could drive a truck through it when, before, they were perfectly complacent with the quality.
I find I can't keep up with the weekly release schedule and wind up throwing my hands up in the air going "I CAN'T TAKE THIS ANYMORE!" and it's been at least a year into the series' creation.
The experiment FAILS if:
None of the prescribed 7, or any of you, my friends, actually bother to READ the damn thing because I REALLY need a control group I can trust and know what to expect
When I decide to finally END the series (and by god this should take me YEARS) no one is dissatisfied with the series on the whole (which would then lead to a hypothesis that I'm actually a better writer than Kubo and Mashima)
Of course, this doesn't mean I'm starting right away. I'm only on board with this idea if I can get some friendly support that those of you reading this will actually HELP me with this experiment. After all, actions speak louder than words and I cannot trust that the viewing public is going to give a damn when I'm a rather obscure hole in the wall even compared to Ross Scott and Proton Jon.
Furthermore, IF you guys say "Yes, Alex, go ahead, we support you. Let's see what happens." I then will need some time to actually get set up with a "sort of plan". By that I mean I need AT LEAST enough of a plan to get the ball rolling and after that CAUTION TO THE WIND!
Anyway, it's back to wrapping up my night.
Talk to you all tomorrow.